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Advocacy

Your voice can make a difference…

Be an advocate for students in Bethlehem Central School District

The Bethlehem Central School District—like school districts throughout New York— has been working to recover from a prolonged fiscal crisis. The downturn of the national economy, coupled with new mandates and the state’s tax levy limit, challenged public schools to continue to provide a high-quality education to all students with fewer resources. As a result, districts have been forced to make difficult decisions regarding educational programs as they adjusted to revenue constraints in a time of rising costs.

District leaders at Bethlehem have been working with staff and community members over the last several years to find creative ways to maintain the integrity of our educational program and service to our community. Yet without meaningful and sustained support from our state leaders, BCSD residents are challenged to preserve the high level of public education that they have come to know and value throughout the years.

New York State is in a position has begun to restore its commitment to public education. It is important to remain informed and remain vocal about the issues that impact our schools.

What can I do?

Advocacy takes many forms. It could be a note to an elected official, a comment made during a public forum, a letter to a newspaper editor or formal testimony at public hearings. It could be as simple as chatting with neighbors to clear up misunderstandings about education issues or sharing education-related stories with local civic organizations during their meetings.

Becoming an advocate for education is not as hard as you might think. Anyone can become involved, at any level they choose. The only prerequisite necessary is a desire to fight for our students and our community schools. Effective advocates do their homework. They know the issues and plan their communication. Most of all, they give their time to advance their cause.

 

Key Legislators to contact for education and BCSD issues

  • Assemblymember Patricia Fahy Legislative Office Building, Room 452, Albany, NY 12248 518-455-4178 fahyp@assembly.state.ny.us
  • Senator George A. Amedore, Jr. Legislative Office Building, Room 802, Albany, NY 12247 518-455-2350 amedore@nysenate.gov
  • Chair of the NYS Assembly Education Committee Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan Legislative Office Building, Room 836, Albany, NY 12248 (518) 455-4851 nolanc@assembly.state.ny.us
  • Assembly Speaker, Assemblyman Carl E. Heastie Legislative Office Building, Room 932, Albany, NY 12248 (518) 455-3791 speaker@assembly.state.ny.us
  • Governor Andrew M. Cuomo State Capitol, Albany, NY 12224 518-474-8390 E-mail Form
  • Senator Neil D. Breslin Capitol Building, Room 414, Albany, NY 12247 518-455-2225 breslin@nysenate.gov
  • Chair of the NYS Senate Education Committee Senator Carl L. Marcellino Legislative Office Building, Room 811, Albany, NY 12247 (518) 455-2390 marcelli@nysenate.gov
  • Majority Leader, John J. Flanagan Legislative Office Building, Room 909, Albany, NY 12247 (518) 455-3171 flanagan@nysenate.gov