We are a grassroots group of parents, educators and community members who believe in supporting and restoring public education. We advocate for fair funding and equitable opportunities for all public schools. We recognize children are individuals, with different learning styles and abilities. We support a diverse curriculum that fits the needs of our children. Our children are not standardized.
We believe parents and educators, should make the decisions that effect teaching and learning, and impact how our children spend their day.
What we believe
- We believe a strong public school system is an important part of society.
- We stand for well-funded public schools.
- We advocate for smaller class sizes.
- We are against the use of high-stakes testing in our schools.
- W believe schools should have a diverse curriculum beyond the emphasis on ELA and math.
- We support public education and stand against receivership and privatization.
Western New Yorkers for Public Education Steering Committee:
Mary Bieger - Public education advocate, 15 year elementary educator, school board member, and WNY parent of three public school children
Chris Cavarello- Social worker, school board member, public education advocate, and WNY parent of three children
Chris Cerrone - Public education advocate, middle school educator, school board member, and parent of two public school children
Molly Dana - WNY parent of two children and public education advocate
Candy Ditkowski - WNY parent of three children and public education advocate
Amy Gipe - WNY parent of two children in public school, public elementary school teacher, and public education advocate
Heidi Indelicato - Registered Nurse, WNY public education advocate, and mother of 3 children who attend public schools
Danilo Lawvere - Public school educator of English language learners, political activist, parent of three public school children
Teresa Leatherbarrow - Buffalo Public Schools K-6 teacher, school board member, and parent of 3 children attending public schools
Patty Munnikhuysen - Education advocate, parent of two children in high school, science teacher of 26 years in a public school, and Board of Education member
Shirley Tokash Verrico - Curator at Buffalo Arts Studio, Adjunct Instructor of Humanities at Medaille College's School of Adult and Graduate Education, education advocate, and mother of three public school children