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Join Us to Win Support for Schools with New Immigrant Kids!

Monday, June 8, 2015

The New York Immigration Coalition has worked with local communities, advocates, and schools to call on the State legislature and Governor Cuomo to pass legislation that would provide $11.5 million to support school districts with increased immigrant student enrollment, and to help students receive mental health and legal services.

Advocates call on New York State to provide support for Long Island's schools with newly arrived immigrant populations on May 21st. Standing together left to right: Patrick Young, program director at CARECEN: Steven Choi, executive director of New York Immigration Coalition; James Clark, Office of Curriculum and Instruction, Hempstead Public Schools; Jason Starr, Nassau county director, New York Civil Liberties Union; Luisa Lebron, staff attorney, Safe Passage; Gwen O'Shea, president, Health and Welfare Council of Long Island.

But with days left before the Legislative Session comes to an end, we need your help.

Since 2014, an estimated 6,000 immigrant children, most fleeing violence in parts of Central America, have relocated to New York State, many settling with family members on Long Island. With Long Island’s school districts seeing an increase in a new ESL population, they have struggled to meet the needs of all students, including recently-arrived immigrants.

Last week, we worked with Long Island constituents to hold a “Day of Action ” in Long Island where letters and petitions were dropped off at five Long Island legislators’ offices - State Senators Phil Boyle (District 5), John Flanagan (District 2), Tom Croci (District 3), Kemp Hannon (District 6), and Jack Martins (District 7) - who represent school districts who’ve seen the largest enrollment of recently arrived children fleeing poverty and violence.

(left to right) Tammi Mitchell, constituent from the village of Hempstead; Martin Carrera, social worker from Family and Children's Association; Dennis Jones, constituent and president of the Hempstead Chamber of Commerce drop off petitions to State Senator Hannon's office on June 5th.

But now we need you to join us in calling on these elected leaders to act now, and provide school districts and communities with this critical support before the end of the legislative session.

Please take 5 minutes to call Senator Phil Boyle and his colleagues to urge them to introduce legislation to provide this critically-needed funding for school districts and children. We must not play politics with our schools! All New York’s children deserve a quality education.

CALL SCRIPT:
Senator _______,
I’m calling to ask you to not let this legislative session end without passing a bill that will fund our school districts and communities who have had a higher enrollment of English language learners. If you do not act, schools will have to lay staff off or increase property taxes to cover the short fall in school budgets, and children won't receive the support they need. There is still time to put forth legislation and pass it in both houses. Please take action today!

State Senator Phil Boyle:
District Phone: (631)-665-2311
Albany Phone: (518)-455-3411

State Senator John Flanagan:
District Phone: (631)-361-2154
Albany Phone: (518)-455-2071

State Senator Carl Marcellino:
District Phone: (516)-922-1811
Albany Phone: (518)-455-2390

State Senator Kemp Hannon:
District Phone: (516)-739-1700
Albany Phone: (518)-455-2200

State Senator Jack Martins:
District Phone: (516)-746-5924
Albany Phone: (518)-455-3265

State Senator Kenneth LaValle:
District Phone: (631)-473-1461
Albany Phone: (518)-455-3121

State Senator Tom Kroci:
District Phone: (631)-360-3356
Albany Phone: (518)-455-3570

Please tweet the below messages to the following Senators:

Senator Twitter Handles:
State Senator Phil Boyle: @PhilBoyleNY
State Senator John Flanagan: @LeaderFlanagan
State Senator Carl Marcellino:@Senator98
State Senator Kemp Hannon: @HannonSenate
State Senator Jack Martins: @SenatorMartins
State Senator Kenneth LaValle: @senatorlavalle
Senator Tom Croci: @tomcroci

Sample Tweets:

  • Show commitment to #LongIsland schools by passing legislation to fund schools w new #ESL + #UAM populations. #FundNYSchools
  • #LongIsland schools need resources for new populations. All children deserve education + support. Act now! ! #FundNYSchools
  • Don’t abandon #LongIsland schools. Before session ends, pass funding to help schools in need of resources!  #FundNYSchools
  • The clock is ticking! By introducing legislation NOW, you can help #LongIsland’s struggling schools. #FundNYSchools
  • $11.5 million in funding will help #LI schools provide teachers, books, and other resources to students. #FundNYSchools
  • $11.5 mill in funding will help #LI schools provide #ESL teachers, mental health support and resources to students. #FundNYSchools

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The New York Immigration Coalition is an umbrella policy and advocacy organization for nearly 200 groups in New York State that work with immigrants and refugees.The NYIC aims to achieve a fairer and more just society that values the contributions of immigrants and extends opportunity to all by promoting immigrants’ full civic participation, fostering their leadership, and providing a unified voice and a vehicle for collective action for New York’s diverse immigrant communities.

 

 

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