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Investing in our children

UFT’s new TV ad, “Infrastructure,” stresses the importance of investing in education, even in the current economic climate. In the 30-second spot an announcer says, “New York City teachers work hard to give [children] the quality education they deserve. Kids rarely get a second chance. So even in difficult times, investing in our children cannot be put on hold because good public schools are the foundation of a strong society.”



  • 1 oz
    · Jan 23, 2009 at 7:19 pm

    Again I feel like you guys just waste our money. For the record I am a NYC Teacher. What exactly is the point of my union spending our dues on a generic, slickly produced TV commercial? Whom is the target audience? How likely will the right people view it? How effective are TV ads anyway in the age of DVR’s? I’d rather see you place print ads in local publications, but at the same time don’t make them generic messages. Say what needs to be said directly, the city has been down right negligent in building new schools. While your at it why not call the city out on the dozens of other issues where Bloomberg has woefully failed? What are you so afraid of?

  • 2 phyllis c. murray
    · Jan 24, 2009 at 10:31 pm

    Like our bridges, the infrastructure of our educational system will become “structurally deficient” without the necessary financial investment we were promised by our legislators. UFT/AFT President Randi Weingarten made it quite clear when she said, “Children don’t get a second chance to get a good education, which is why we need to make sure our schools get the resources they need right now.” And so our campaign continues to get the proper funding for our public schools.

    “If we can spend 10 billion dollars on an unnecessary war, we can feed the minds of our kids.” said Congressman Charles Rangel, Chair of the Ways and Means Committee.”We cannot survive by losing one half of the brain power.”

    Therefore, I believe the best education possible should not be a dream deferred but a dream realized. Our public schools must become structurally sufficient. Our public schools can no longer afford to produce youth who,like former slaves, are “partially educated sufficient to make their work efficient, but insufficient to raise them to equality.” Martin Luther King 1964 .

    And finally, I believe it is necessary for all United States legislators who ran on a platform of educational equity and access must be summoned back to the legislature to map out a plan to get all students in schools that work. The budget cuts levied against our public schools must stop. The education of all children must be a national priority and not a national tragedy. “Good public schools are the foundation of a strong society.” Revisit :UFT’s new TV ad, “Infrastructure,”

  • 3 greg32farris
    · Jan 26, 2009 at 10:49 am

    i also believe that infrastructure can be very eventful, especially in big cities and urban areas. i am not a huge expert on infrastructure but i think building things for the community and giving people jobs can not be a bad thing. Even if the state citizens have to pay more taxes.