On August 3rd, our members gathered again to protest budget cuts that will threaten the quality of education that Nassau County residents have come to expect from their community college. This was the second of a series of rallies that we will use to focus attention on “perfect storm” of state funding cuts, underfunding by the county, and poor leadership and decision making on the part of our administration.
On August 5th, NYSUT reporter Darryl McGrath featured our struggle on NYSUT’s Higher Education pages. Read the story here: http://www.nysut.org/cps/rde/xchg/nysut/hs.xsl/highereducation_16817.htm
NCCFT’s Vice President for Classroom Faculty Frank Frisenda (also NYSUT’s Higher Education Member of the Year!) spoke about the love our members have for the school and our students, and about why we think it is important to help them understand the struggle the college is facing:
“The people who came out are so dedicated,” Frisenda said. “They’re remarkable individuals, and I think informing the students is very important. They’ll take this home to their parents, and that’s how it will get out to the community.”
A third rally is planned for August 17. Please watch for more details.