New York City educators are carrying out letters and visits to urge Mayor Bill de Blasio and city and state legislators to drastically reduce the appropriation for the police and transfer millions of dollars to public schools.
The campaign was initiated by Brooklyn MS 839 Principal Michael Perlberg And first by Chalkbeat has received more than 600 signatures from school supervisors, teachers and parent activists.
The letter also recommended that the New York Police Department no longer hire and supervise school security agents. In 1998, the New York Police Department took over the school security affairs, when some people complained that school officials were sweeping the violence of students under the carpet.
The letter was sent when public schools were facing budget cuts, because the coronavirus pandemic has cost the city $9 billion in financial losses.
The educator’s appeal for the return of the New York Police Department (NYPD) also followed the uproar caused by the death of the Minneapolis Police (George Floyd) due to the death of the Minneapolis Police.
Educators say they also criticized the “own dirty history” of the brutal atrocities of the “Black and Brown New Yorkers” by the New York Police Department.
“We ask the governor, mayor and city council to pass a budget that puts children first in this critical period. This means that the budget for public schools and social services has increased dramatically, while the New York Police Department budget has been significantly reduced.”
Earlier Friday, De Blasio rejected a call to the police to essentially protect the city’s security at a press conference.
The mayor and parliament must approve the budget for the new fiscal year before July 1.