RCS District Office
P.O. Box 100
15 Mountain Road
Ravena, NY 12143
(518) 756-5200
Robert K. Libby,
Superintendent

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What is advocacy?

 

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  • Speaking up on the issues you care about, 
  • Relationship-building with decision-makers,
  • Communicating with policy-makers about the real-world impacts of their decisions, and
  • Committing to actively participate in our democratic process. (After all, democracy is not a spectator sport!)

 

 

Why should you advocate?

Because RCS:

  • Educates your children,
  • employs your neighbors,
  • is funded by your tax dollars, and
  • influences your property values and help attract property owners to your community

Without your help, RCS will face more reductions to programs and services for students. Becoming an advocate for education is not as hard as you might think. The only prerequisite is a strong desire to stand up for our students and for RCS.


Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk Central School District, like school districts throughout New York, is facing a fiscal crisis. The downturn of the national economy, coupled with new mandates and the state’s tax levy limit, has challenged public schools to continue to provide a high-quality education to all students with significantly fewer resources.

 

District leaders at RCS 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 legislative leaders, district 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.

 

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 the Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk Central School District.
On these pages, you will find resources and information to help make you a better advocate for our schools.

 

Join educators, parents and students from across the state in advocating for the educational success and future of New York's students and the RCS School District.

 

RCS Advocacy news

 

2013-14

2012-13

Ways you can help

  • Learn about New York’s Gap Elimination Adjustment and how it impacts your school district—fiscally and in relation to programs/services.

    Since 2010, the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA) has cost RCS $11.651 million, including the proposed $2.82 million GEA reduction in the upcoming 2013-14 school year.

    Here is a video about the GEA developed by the Superintendent's Joint Legislative Committee from the Capital Region BOCES and QUESTAR III BOCES - http://vimeo.com/60567776

  • Write letters to your legislators asking them to support the elimination of GEA reductions.
  • Meet face-to-face with your legislators to explain the impact of GEA reductions on your students, your schools, and your community.

Advocacy takes many forms

 

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.


Below you will find several tools to help you become an advocate for education and for RCS. Thank you for taking the time to advocate on behalf of the children of RCS and for helping to ensure that they continue to receive the high-quality education they deserve.


Advocacy tools

 

General Tips

Advocacy Checklist
What Does Effective Advocacy Look Like?
Tips for Effective Letter Writing
Tips for Effective In-Person Meetings
General “Do’s and Don’ts” For Speaking with Legislators

Advocate for RCS

New York State Gap Elimination Adjustment
Analysis of 2013-14 Executive State Aid Proposal
Contact Your Elected Leaders

Sample Letter - Just add your story

 

Helpful Links

 

Rick Timbs powerpoint presentation from the Jan. 31 forum

Advocacy tools from the Statewide School Finance Consortium/SSFC’s 2013 Legislative priorities

New York State Council of School Superintendent’s Leadership in Education Action Center

New York State School Boards legislative action center

NYSUT legislative action center