April 27, 2012
UUPers applaud NYSUT RA theme
Dennis VanRoekel, president of NYSUT affiliate NEA, urged delegates to be active in this year's presidential election to stop attacks on public higher education and to reclaim the dream of America.
“Funds are being cut, making it hard for the middle class to receive a higher education. Then faculty are blamed for not graduating enough students," he said. “For the next six months—193 days—we need to think about making a difference and fighting these attacks on the middle class.”
State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli also urged delegates to be politically active in national elections this fall.
"We need to keep public higher education in the forefront of our national debate,” DiNapoli said. “It comes down to one word: opportunity.”
In his RA address, NYSUT President Dick Iannuzzi said the path to reclaiming the dream is through unity.
"The essence of our dream is our unity ... it is our solidarity," he said.
In addition to hearing from state and national labor leaders and elected officials, delegates will be taking action on more than 50 proposed resolutions during this annual policymaking session.
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