In the 1960s, Bob Dylan, one of our lifetime’s great poets and American song writers, wrote the following lines in reference to the Civil Rights struggles:
“If all of us folks that thinks alike/If we gave all we could give/We could make this great land of ours/ a greater place to live.”
This week, in classrooms across the state, hundreds of thousands of elementary and middle school students are taking standardized tests – the first tests given by the State Education Department based on the new Common Core learning standards.
The first signs of Spring are often its sounds—the first chirping robin, the honking of geese travelling North or the crack of the bat at a ballgame on a crisp afternoon.
Many listeners of this radio station awakened recently to the news that the teachers union has gone to court seeking to have New York State’s property tax cap declared unconstitutional.The property tax cap is, understandably, very popular. And, as president of New York State United Teachers, I suspect our decision to challenge it will be unpopular.
The New York State United Teachers Union today filed suit in New York State Supreme Court in Albany to challenge the state's the 2% property tax cap enacted in June 2011.
WAMC's Brian Shields was joined by NYSUT President Richard Iannuzzi to talk about the lawsuit.