BINGHAMTON, N.Y. -- From coast to coast, teachers, parents and education advocates were taking part in a national Day of Action. Organizers hope to reclaim public education.
In New York, events across the state spoke out against the Common Core curriculum.
In Binghamton, leaders gathered at Thomas Jefferson Elementary School. People at the rally want $1.9 billion in new funding for public schools, a renewed focus on teaching instead of testing and a three year moratorium on high stakes standardized tests for teachers and students.
In the Southern Tier, leaders say bridging the funding gap between wealthier and poorer districts is important.
"The enactment of the tax cap has exacerbated the situation and has accelerated the inequality of education in the state. The effects of poverty also have to be taken into consideration when you consider the funding aspect," said Donna Murray of NYSUT.
To learn more about the National Day of Action and the Alliance for Quality Education's push, visit http://www.aqeny.org/dec-9th-reclaim-the-promise.