Petition Regarding Syracuse City School District Budget Crisis
Thank you for agreeing to complete our petition. Your information, along with that of others, will be submitted to the Syracuse City School District and Superintendent's Office, Mayor's Office, Common Council, Governor Paterson, & our local and NY State Legislators/Senators in an effort to prevent cuts to education that will be devastating for our school, as well as other schools across New York State.
- Proposed cuts to teacher's positions, along with the impending closing of Levy School, will potentially lead to increasing class sizes of up to 28 students in the primary grades and 32 in the upper elementary grades. This would make it difficult for Ed Smith, as well as other schools in the Syracuse City School District, to provide quality inclusive education services to vital and valuable members of our student body.
- Increasing class size would limit the potential for all students to thrive academically, socially and emotionally and conflicts with the Syracuse City School District's focus "To improve achievement for ALL students". (Student Focus Areas, SCSD)
- Given obvious space constraints, increasing class size would make it difficult for our teachers, administrators, and the Syracuse City School District "To provide safe, clean, civil and orderly learning environments" (Student Focus Areas, SCSD) for our students.
- The proposed reduction in funding to Say Yes to Education runs counter to efforts aimed at keeping families from leaving the area and moving to suburban schools or transferring to private schools. While test scores have been on the rise, the potential loss of some of our best teachers and achieving students could threaten much of the progress seen in recent years.