More protests call for change to NYS education

AMHERST, N.Y. (WIVB) — More calls for changes to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s educational policies are ringing out across western New York.

Monday protests moved to Amherst where Sweet Home Teachers Association members held an informal picket. They say the gap elimination adjustments hurts their districts. Students, teachers, parents and community members marched in support of districts and forwarded their message to Gov. Cuomo.

“I’d ask him to stop trying to break apart unions, unions across our country is good for the middle class,” Paul Szymendera, Sweet Home Education Association Vice President, said. “We’re people who care very deeply within our communities, we care about the kids that we teach, and these bully tactics we teach our students every day.”

Roughly 300 teachers took part in Monday’s pickets. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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