We, the undersigned, support Howie Hawkins and Brian Jones in their campaign to be the Governor and Lieutenant Governor of New York. We agree with Hawkins and Jones that New York needs to support, fund, and strengthen our public school system. The current Governor, Andrew Cuomo, has supported privatization in the form of charter schools and teacher evaluation based on standardized testing.  Cuomo's policies are exacerbating the inequalities in our school system -- in fact, New York now has the most segregated schools in the nation. Rob Astorino, the Republican Party candidate for Governor, will further segregate our schools by resisting fair housing settlements, supporting even more cuts to the education budget, and trying to outdo Cuomo in his promotion of charter schools.

We support Hawkins and Jones because they are calling for New York to opt out of Race to the Top and the Common Core State Standards. They want to end the emphasis on testing in the curriculum, and on zero-tolerance discipline policies that are driving the school-to-prison pipeline. We support Hawkins and Jones because they want to eliminate the state-mandated local tax cap, provide equitable funding for all of our schools, reduce class sizes across the state, support programs that promote desegregation in our schools, and allow schools to develop methods of assessment that are organic to the learning process. Howie Hawkins and Brian Jones are both union members and union activists. They believe, and we agree, that unions are important to preserving the democratic voice of educators, parents and students in our schools.


Daniel Adamek, Students for Fair Funding Student Activist
Ujju Aggarwal, Educator and Activist
Hector Agredano, CUNY City College Adjunct Instructor
Primi Akhtar, NYC Student Union
Sam Anderson, Retired Math/Black History Professor, member of the Coalition for Public Education, Black New Yorkers for Educational Excellence and the Independent Commission on Public Education
John Antush, Public School Teacher and UFT Delegate, City-As-School High School
Stanley Aronowitz, CUNY Graduate Center
Chloe Asselin, CUNY
Megan Behrent, NYC Public School Teacher
Lee Anne Bell, Professor
Mary Bieger, Teacher
David Bliven, Law Offices of David Bliven, Lawyer
David Bloomfield, Brooklyn College and CUNY Grad Center Professor
Gloria Brandman, NYC Public School Teacher, UFT Chapter Leader
Kathleen Brice
B. Ricardo Brown, Pratt Institute Professor
Deeadra Brown, CUNY and Public School Parent
Takiema Bunche SmithBrooklyn, NY
Rocky Butler, ASL of Las Vegas Organization
Paul Carrol, Newburgh Free Academy Music Teacher
Julie Cavanagh, Public School Special Education Teacher
Alan Chace, Professional Land Surveyor
Nancy Cauthen,  Sociologist
Rev. James Clifton, American Free Soil Party Chair
Lauren Cohen5th Grade Public School Teacher and UFT Delegate, PS 321 
Sam Coleman, Public School Teacher and Organizer for Educational Justice
Saulo Colon, Manhattanville College and NYC Public School Parent
Stephanie Contino, Public School Parent
Margaret Corbett, Retired Public School Teacher
David Cunningham
Brian D'Agostino, Empire State College Adjunct Professor
Ellen Darensbourg, Public School Teacher, Activist, Parent
Patricia Dobosz, Public School Teaacher
Dana Doyle
Robert Egic, Retired Letter Carrier
Elaine Errigo-Gilyard
Molly Fanning, Public School Parent and Teacher
Jamie Fidler, Public School Teacher and Parent Activist
Keven Finkle, Retired
Brian Foster, Public Education Advocate and Teacher
Rosie Frascella, 12th Grade Public School English Teacher and member of the New York Collective of Radical Educators (NYCoRE) and the Movement of Rank and File Educators (MORE)
Warren Fretwell, Retired
Tory FryePublic School Parent of two children and Community School District 6 (NYC) Elected Parent Leader
Ofelia Garcia, CUNY Graduate Center
Joshua Glantz, Eldred Central School 7-12 Social Studies Teacher
Susan Glisson, Jamesville DeWitt Faculty Organization, Parents for Public Schools
Chandra Gomes, Legal Aid
Julie Gorlewski, Educator, Activist, Writer
Dave Greene, Author and Save Our Schools Treasurer
Kiersten Greene, SUNY New Paltz Assistant Professor of Literacy Education
Julian Guerrero, International Socialist Organization Activist and Educator
Peter Gustafson
Kaitlyn Hamm
Maria Hantzopoulos, Public School Parent and Assistant Professor
Bill Heller, SUNY Geneseo Adjunct Professor
Jennifer Hinderstein, Mom, Educator, Advocate
Jonathan Ho
Barbara Humphrey, Upstate Medical University Administrator, Parent and Grandparent
Thomas Johnson
Jennifer Justice
Terry Kalb, Retired Teacher and Child Advocate
Aleksandra Kaplon-Schilis
Blake Kast, NYC Public School Special Education Teacher
Danny Katch, Advantage Testing, Public School Parent
Kevin Kearns, NYC DoE, High School English Teacher
Maria Kilfoyle, Oceanside School District Teacher
Cindy Klumb, Pratt Institute Drawing Resource Coordinator and Member of International Socialist Organization
Robert Kulesz
Dan Labotz, CUNY Queens College Teacher
Michael Lambert
Peter Lamphere, Public School Teacher and member of the Movement of Rank and File Educators
Josephh Lanza, NYS Comptroller's Office Clerk
Katie Lapham, Public School Teacher
Christian Ledesma, NYC Public School Teacher and Director of School Wellness
Jia Lee, Public School Parent, Special Education Teacher, and member of the Movement of Rank and File Educators and Change the Stakes
August Leppelmeier, member of the Movement of Rank and File Educators and UFT
Dana Levy, NYC Public School Teacher, Member of the Movement of Rank and File Educators
Daniella Liebling, Public School Parent/Activist
Christina Limpert, Wells College and Syracuse University Lecturer
Rob Linne, Adelphi University Professor
Bill Linville, NYC Public School Teacher
Gerald Lotierzo, Central New York Alliance for Retired Americans and Chair, We Stand for Hawkins and Jones
Sylvia Matousek
Cassandra May
Edwin Mayaorga, CUNY Graduate Center Doctoral Candidate
Valerie McGovern
Nora Mendez, The Union Mail-APWU Managing Editor
Kate Menken, CUNY Queens College & Graduate Center
Nick Michelli, Public Policy and Teacher Education, Member of the Movement of Rank and File Educators and Change the Stakes
John Miglietta, JDM Productions, Inc. President
Zipporiah Mills, Public School Graduate, Educator, Parent and Grandparent
Joe Montouri, Putnam County Refuse the Test and Teacher
Megan Moskop, Public School Special Education Teacher and UFT Delegate, MS324, and Learning Labs Director, Manhattan Young Democrats
Donna Muhs, Educator and Activist
Jennifer Myers, Educator and Activist
Dr Mark Naison, Professor of African American Studies and History, Fordham University and Co-Founder, Badass Teachers Association
Lisa North, Public School Teacher and member of the Movement of Rank and File Educators and Change the Stakes
Natalia Ortiz, NYCoRE, Parent/Student/Educator
David Pambianchi
Leigh Patel, Boston College Professor of Education
Rosemary Pearce, Teacher/Librarian
Kathleen Perez, NYC DoE, Long Island Opt Out
Marc Pessin, Public School Teacher and Activist
Leia Petty, Public School Guidance Counselor and member of the International Socialist Organization
Dr. Anthony G. Picciano, Professor and Executive Officer, PhD Program in Urban Education, CUNY Graduate Center
Bree Picower, PhD, Assistant Professor, Montclair State University
Stephanie Pope, Legal Aid Society Public Defender/Staff Attorney
Jayne Port, Public School Teacher, NYSUT and NEA
Charles Post, BMCC-CUNY/AFT 2334
Kevin Prosen, Public School Teacher and UFT Chapter Leader
Helen Redmond, New York University, Silver School of Social Work, LCSW
Gail Richmond, Retired Music Teacher, Retired President of Greenville Faculty Association
Peggy Robertson, United Opt Out National
Mindy Rosier
Jennifer Royce, School Psychologist
Beth Schettino, Public High School Teacher, CUNY Adjunct Professor, Badass Teacher
Nancy Schniedewind, Educator and Activist
William Scott, Be the Change, Social Worker and Activist
Tracey Scronic, NYC Public School Bilingual Teacher and Public School Parent
Melissa Servant, Public School Teacher and VP Walkill Teachers Association
Alexi Shalom, Student
Elizabeth Shanklin, Retired Public School Teacher and UFT Chapter Leader
Trudy Silver, Public School Teacher and Movement of Rank and File Educators, War Resisters League
Alan Singer, Director, Secondary Education Social Studies, Hofstra University
Michelle Smead, Poestenkill Elementary School Teacher
Janine SoppPublic School Parent and member of Change the Stakes
William Spreter, Retired Teacher
Elizabeth Sprout, Art Educator
Dudley Stewart
Janice Strauss, SUNY Cortland
LaToya Strong, CUNY Graduate Center, NYCDoE, Public School Science Teacher
Michael Struchen, Indian River Central School District Teacher
Laurel Sturt, Author and Retired Teacher
Matt Swagler, Columbia University Instructor, PhD Candidate
Marian Swerdlow, NYC DoE, UFT Chapter Leader
Bianca Tanis, Parent, Educator, Co-Founder of NYS Allies for Public Education
Christopher Tanis, Anyone But Cuomo Founder/CEO
Marissa Torres, Public School 5th Grade Teacher and UFT Delegate
Dao X. Tran, Public School Parent
Michael Trudeau, Book Editor, Writer
Eve Tuck, PhD, Cortlandt Manor, NY
Merry Tucker, UFT, Retired NYC Public School Teacher
Zulma Villalba, Retired NYC Math Teacher
Kit Wainer, Public School Teacher and UFT Chapter Leader
Erik Wallenberg, CUNY Graduate Center, Graduate Student Assistant
Patrick Walsh, MORE/UFT, Public School Parent and Teacher
Chris Whitney, Bronx Community Charter School Teacher
Lewis Ward, Sculptor/Horticulturist
Sara Wottawa
John Yanno, NYC Public School Teacher, UFT Chapter Leader
Diana Zavala, Public School Parent, Teacher and member of Change the Stakes
(*organizations listed for identification purposes only)



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Brian Edward Hack
Da Shaun Baldwin
Alexandra Alves
Nate Morgan
Robert Alft
Collin Fox Thomas
Saulo Colon
Daniella Liebling
Joshua Glantz
Merry Tucker
William Spreter
Elaine Errigo-Gilyard
William Linville
Jennifer royce
Beth Schettino
Marian Swerdlow
Joe Montuori
Megan Behrent
LaToya Strong
Elizabeth Shanklin
Margaret Corbett
Linda Pinckney Central New York Alliance for Retired Americans

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  • Brian Edward Hack
    endorsed 2014-11-01 19:21:55 -0400
  • Da Shaun Baldwin
    endorsed 2014-10-28 14:57:43 -0400
  • Alexandra Alves
    endorsed 2014-10-14 00:34:46 -0400
  • Nate Morgan
    endorsed 2014-10-11 16:35:40 -0400
  • Robert Alft
    endorsed 2014-07-15 14:28:16 -0400
    We moved here from Texas over twenty years ago seeking better public education for our children. Let’s not allow New York schools to be dismantled by greedy corporations and their “privatization” schemes.
  • Collin Fox Thomas
    endorsed 2014-07-15 14:18:40 -0400
  • Saulo Colon
    endorsed 2014-06-12 22:38:53 -0400
  • Daniella Liebling
    endorsed via 2014-06-12 22:29:01 -0400
  • posted about this on Facebook 2014-06-12 20:11:47 -0400
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  • Joshua Glantz
    endorsed 2014-06-09 20:10:05 -0400
  • Merry Tucker
    endorsed 2014-06-04 21:57:00 -0400
  • William Spreter
    endorsed 2014-06-02 14:50:04 -0400
  • Elaine Errigo-Gilyard
    endorsed 2014-06-02 14:23:58 -0400
  • William Linville
    endorsed 2014-06-01 23:09:35 -0400
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  • Jennifer royce
    endorsed 2014-06-01 19:46:48 -0400
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  • Beth Schettino
    endorsed 2014-06-01 18:20:04 -0400
  • Marian Swerdlow
    endorsed 2014-06-01 16:32:53 -0400
  • Joe Montuori
    endorsed 2014-05-29 21:58:45 -0400
    When I die, I want to KNOW that I worked and voted for what I believe in. I don’t want to go thinking about the principles I FAILED to act or vote on.
  • Megan Behrent
    endorsed 2014-05-29 20:07:29 -0400
  • LaToya Strong
    endorsed 2014-05-29 12:22:53 -0400
  • posted about this on Facebook 2014-05-29 09:03:43 -0400
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  • Elizabeth Shanklin
    endorsed 2014-05-29 09:03:19 -0400
  • Margaret Corbett
    endorsed 2014-05-28 22:13:25 -0400
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  • Linda Pinckney
    Central New York Alliance for Retired Americans endorsed 2014-05-28 15:33:06 -0400
    We stand for Hawkins and Jones. Save public education by voting for them.

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