Just two weeks before the start of school in New York Cuomo announced a 20% budget cut to all school districts. The timing was disgusting on the part of the Governor, and it was no accident. It was by design. Cuomo is hoping budget cuts will force more school districts to go full remote and further along the agenda of Bill Gates “reimagine education” at a distance. Remember what Cuomo said back in May?
“The old model of everybody goes and sits in the classroom, and the teacher is in front of that classroom and teaches that class, and you do that all across the city, all across the state, all these buildings, all these physical classrooms — why, with all the technology you have?” (Washington Post, May 6, 2020)
This is the real agenda behind so much remote learning happening in New York (and across the country and globe) right now. It is the real agenda behind Cuomo cutting school budgets, at the very last minute with no notice, when the schools need more money, not less, and everyone knows this. It has very little to do with COVID and safety. It is about money, destroying teacher unions, and dumbing down our children.
“Reimagine” Your Children Never Going to School Again
June 9, 2020 — Brad Hoylman seems to be completely fine with “the new normal” of children learning remotely and not attending in-person education in school buildings. However the people of New York don’t seem to be ok with this. Over 9,000 New Yorkers have joined a Facebook group called NY Parents & Teachers Against Distance Learning.
“No school in New York State is going to be open in the Fall, ” said Liz Glass broadcasting on her social media platforms. Glass is a candidate for New York Senate in district 27 running against Brad Hoylman. Glass references the Cuomo and Gates plan called “Reimagine Education.” She states her opponent Hoylman is in agreement with it. I asked Glass how she knows Hoylman is in support of expanding remote learning.
“Everyone should call him and ask him!” responded Glass. That’s a good idea!
CALL HOYLMAN HERE – Phone: (212) 633-8052 (leave message)
cc: firstname.lastname@example.org (if you are comfortable doing so, please cc me. I will not share or publish any information, I just want to get a count on how many emails went to Hoylman)
Call and ask Hoylman where he stands on expanding remote learning in NYC. Call and ask him if NYC schools will be opening in the Fall. Call and ask him what he is doing to advocate for you and your kids, and email all of that to him as well.
Liz Glass is 100% against the plan to “reimagine” education at a distance and, even more so, is 100% against placing The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in charge of what our educational system will look like. Gates failed miserably with common core as a national curriculum in America. Why are we trusting an organization who has already failed our country to “reimagine” what school will fundamentally be?
Governor Cuomo has announced a panel of educational experts to “reimagine” education which will be interacting with members of The Gates Foundation. The COVID Lockdown served as a trial run for remote distant learning, and it appears the goal this September will be to do a more structured “launch” of remote distant learning.
Cuomo can force New York State to do this because Brad Hoylman (and many others in Albany) voted YES to giving Cuomo emergency powers in Senate bill S7919 that lasts until April of 2021. Cuomo just has to say remote learning is still necessary due to the “public health emergency” – whether that is true or not. This law allows him to do as he pleases like a King. Hoylman willingly and gratefully gave away all of his power to the Governor.
With New York State financially broke, it is highly likely discussions of teacher lay-offs will be on the table across the state this summer. Bill Gates is certain to swoop in and “save the day” with millions in funding conditioned on the implementation of more remote technological “solutions” for New York. This may save some teachers and staff in the short run, but ultimately it will lead to the destruction of the teaching profession, teacher unions, and ultimately the middle class status most teachers gain from their employment.
The head of the NYC Teacher’s Union, Mike Mulgrew, is already on record saying we are going to have to implement a “hybrid instructional model of sometimes in person and sometimes remote.” According to Liz Glass and her sources, we won’t even get that. We are headed to full-time remote learning this Fall and officials are only saying school may open to keep everyone calm.
Thousands of students – especially those with disabilities – are struggling immensely with remote learning. The socialization that school offers is invaluable to many students and families. Not to mention the billions of tax dollars paid every year by New Yorkers to fund the school system.
Privately and quietly I personally know Superintendents and Chancellors of school districts throughout New York are discussing all of the following:
Having half the students attend school each day – have ‘A’ & ‘B’ days
Purchasing thousands of masks for students
Delaying the opening of in-person school until October
Delaying the opening of in-person school until 2021
**Interestingly when I published this report on June 9th, the same day Chancellor of NYC schools Richard Carranza released a list of possible plans for September and he left open the possibility that school will not reopen in the Fall.
Is there a chance we may never again have in-person education in New York again?
Call for independent investigation of Cuomo’s COVID-19 nursing home policies.
From AUTISM ACTION NETWORK (AAN)
During Cuomo’s May 13th daily covid 19 press event New York Governor Andrew Cuomo claimed, “I did everything I could,” to protect residents of nursing homes, despite a major reversal on Sunday of his policy to force nursing homes to accept patients from hospitals who had covid 19 infections. More than 5400 New York nursing home residents have died so far, and that number does not include nursing home residents who were sent to hospitals where they died. According to the Associated Press, 40% of all nursing home deaths from covid 19 in the US have been in New York which has less than 6% of the total population.
Richard Gottfried (D-Manhattan), Chair of the Assembly Health Committee, among other legislators has called for an independent investigation of Cuomo’s nursing home policies.
We support the call for an investigation, independent of Cuomo and his political allies, of New York’s response to covid 19 in nursing homes. Please click on this link Take Action to send a message to your State Senator and Assemblymember calling for an independent review.
IF the “take action” link doesn’t work (AAN is attacked and hacked constantly) find your reps at the following links:
Please email and call their offices. It is unlikely the phone will be answered but please leave a message.
And please call the offices of Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart Cousins and Speaker of the Assembly Carl Heastie. Again, you will probably have to leave a message.
Senator Majority Leader Andrea Stewart Cousins, (518) 455-2585, (914) 423-4031
Speaker of the Assembly Carl Heastie, (518) 455-3791, (718) 654-6539
Sen Patrick Gallivan (R- Western New York)) the ranking member of the Senate Health Committee, said, “The exact number of deaths caused by COVID-19 among nursing home residents is unclear, but some reports indicate they have made up roughly one-fourth to one-fifth of the state’s total fatalities,” Gallivan said. “Equally uncertain is the number of confirmed or presumed cases of the virus among residents and staff. This is unacceptable.”
Assemblymember Ron Kim, (D-Queens) said in a statement, “Our community continues to reel from anger and disbelief at the negligence and disregard shown on this issue, and the irreparable harm done to nursing home residents in our community, throughout New York.”
Former Governor George Pataki has called for an investigation as well, characterizing Cuomo’s handling of covid 19 in nursing homes as a “disaster.”
Assemblymember Nicole Malliotakis (R-Staten Island) has called for a federal investigation.
Another major question that must be investigated is the refusal of the state to allow nursing homes to send patients with covid 19 symptoms to hospitals for appropriate treatment. One of the worst hit nursing homes is the Cobble Hill Care Center in Brooklyn which has had at least 55 residents die. As early as April 9 administrators pleaded with state officials to allow patients suspected of having covid 19 to go to hospitals but were denied.
Remember the only reason New Yorkers lost their right to a religious exemption from vaccine mandates to attend school was because Cuomo decided it was politically advantageous for him to do so. Prior to his belated, but decisive, involvement in the effort to repeal the religious exemption last June, it was clear that there were not enough votes to pass the measure in the Assembly. Cuomo cut deals and twisted arms to make it happen and it did.
If you cannot get a medical exemption from a vaccine mandate to attend school for your child, Cuomo is responsible for that as well. He allowed practices to develop that made getting an exemption exceedingly difficult, and then had the state regulations re-written last summer to allow exemptions almost exclusively in situations when a child has already had a documented near-death, anaphylactic reaction to a previous shot. The need to prevent injury was completely discarded and replaced with a policy that only allows avoiding re-injury in very limited cases.