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To learn how to get involved, Download an Advocacy Toolkit (PDF)

Your voice can make a difference…
Be an advocate for students in the Guilderland Central School District

Guilderland Central School District—like school districts throughout New York—is facing a fiscal crisis. The downturn of the national economy, coupled with the state’s tax levy limit and new mandates, has challenged public schools to continue to provide a high-quality education to all students with significantly fewer resources. As a result, districts are making devastating cuts to educational programs as they adjust to rising costs that are outpacing revenue.

District leaders at Guilderland have been working with staff and community members to find creative ways to weather the economic storm without sacrificing the integrity of our program. Yet without meaningful and timely relief from our government leaders, GCSD residents may risk losing the high level of public education that they have come to know and value throughout the years.

The time for change is now. The voices of school leaders and lobbyists for state-level education groups simply are not enough, as recent legislative sessions have shown. Elected officials need to hear from you, their constituents. They need to hear from the people that are most directly impacted by their decisions (or indecisions) year after year—the students, parents, employees, residents, community groups and business owners of Guilderland.

But what can I do?
Advocacy takes many forms. It could be a note to an elected official, a comment made during a public forum, a letter to a newspaper editor or formal testimony at public hearings. It could be as simple as chatting with neighbors to clear up misunderstandings about education issues or sharing education-related stories with a local civic organization during monthly meetings.

Becoming an advocate for education is not as hard as you might think. Anyone can become involved, at any level they choose. The only prerequisite necessary is a desire to fight for our students and our community schools. Effective advocates do their homework. They know the issues and plan their communication. Most of all, they give their time to advance their cause.

Download an Advocacy Toolkit (PDF) to find several tools to help you become an advocate for education and for Guilderland Schools. Thank you for taking the time to advocate on behalf of the children of Guilderland and for helping to ensure that they receive the high-quality education they deserve.

Information for our elected officials

For Guilderland residents, key elected officials include:

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo
NYS State Capitol Building
Albany, NY 12224
(518) 474-8390
the Gov.'s website
Visit Governor Cuomo on Facebook
Follow Governor Cuomo on Twitter

Senator George Amedore, 46th Senate District
Legislative Office Building
Room 311
Albany, NY 12247
Visit Senator Amedore on Facebook
Follow Senator Amedore on Twitter

Assemblywoman Patricia Fahy, 109th Assembly District
Legislative Office Building, Room 452
Albany, NY 12248
Visit Assemblywoman Fahy on Facebook
Follow Assemblywoman Fahy on Twitter

Chair of the NYS Senate Education Committee Senator Carl L. Marcellino

Legislative Office Building, Room 805
Albany, NY 12247
(518) 455-2071

NYS Senate Majority Leader Senator John Flanagan
Legislative Office Building, Room 909
Albany, NY 12247
(518) 455-3171
Visit Senator Flanagan on Facebook

Chair of the NYS Assembly Education Committee Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan
Legislative Office Building, Room 836
Albany, NY 12248
(518) 455-4851

NYS Assembly Speaker Assemblyman Carl Heastie
Legislative Office Building, Room 522
Albany, NY 12248
(518) 455-4800


Read a sample advocacy letter from the Guilderland Teachers Association (March 2015)

View the letter (PDF)


Additional resources

Want to learn more about advocacy and the issues facing education today? Visit the websites below for additional information:

New York State School Boards Association

New York State Council of School Superintendents

Statewide School Finance Consortium



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