Suffolk Rally Planned Against Cuomo’s ‘Re-imagine Education’

EAST SETAUKET, NY — Teachers, parents and politicians are set to rally against Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s “Re-imagining Education Initiative” Saturday afternoon in East Setauket. The event is scheduled from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Kohl’s Shopping Center, located at 5000 Nesconset Highway.

The group is advocating to have K to 12 school children safely return to buildings “for the free and appropriate education they are entitled to, in September,” a spokesman said.

Cuomo unveiled a plan to “re-imagine” learning with a focus on virtual learning and technology, saying earlier in May there is a “need” to do so.

“We went to remote learning overnight,” he said. “We had to do it, we implemented it. God bless the teachers and parents who had to figure out how to use technology and Zoom.”

Cuomo announced he would work with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to “reimagine education” and explore new ways to incorporate technology for teaching and learning. New York will work with the Gates Foundation to “convene experts and develop a blueprint to reimagine education in the new normal,” he said.

Roughly 250 parents and teachers are expected to protest Cuomo’s proposal on Saturday. Politicians are also expected to appear, including Assemblyman Mike Lipetri, Assemblywoman Melissa Miller, Legislator Samuel Gonzalez, Dave Franklin, a candidate for State Senate, and Elizabeth Glass, a candidate for State Senate.

This article originally appeared on the Three Village Patch

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