A sample of 311 acknowledgements of parents' calls on the budget cuts


Before the city budget cut deal was announced yesterday, I asked parents to call 311 to oppose the Mayor's proposed cuts that would eliminate 6100 teaching positions, and to send me the record of the comments that 311 operators email them. (In the end, the deal announced last night means we will have no layoffs but probably lose about 2600 teachers through attrition.)  Here are a sample:
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Message:
CLR STS, PUBLIC SCHOOL PARENT OF 2 CHILDREN THAT ARE IN NYC DOE SYSTEM, SHE DOES NOT WANT SEE ANY PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHERS LAID OFF.
PARENT FEELS LAYING OFF 6000 TEACHERS COULD BE A HUGE LOST TO THE CITY OF NEW YORK AND THE PUBLIC SCHOOL STUDENTS!
PARENT FEELS, THE MAYOR CAN FIND A BETTER WAY REARRANGE THE CITY BUDGET, THAN CUTTING DOE EMPLOYEES.
PARENT FEELS THIS IS ALSO DISCRIMINATORY TOWARDS WOMEN BECAUSE MOST OF THE NYC PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHERS ARE FEMALE! 
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Message: 
CALLER HAVE 2 CHILDREN IN CITY PUBLIC SCHOOL. CLASSES ARE WAY TOO BIG. CHILDREN ARE IN HIGH SCHOOL. THEY DON'T HAVE ENOUGH GOOD WORK TO DO BECAUSE THE TEACHER DOESN'T HAVE TIME TO GRADE ALL THE STUDENT'S WORK. CALLER STATES THAT LAYING OFF TEACHERS WOULD MAKE THINGS EVEN WORSE.
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CALLER WISHES TO EXPRESS HER OBJECTION TO PROPOSED BUDGET CUTS IN REGARDS TO LAYING OFF 6,000 TEACHERS AS THIS WILL PUT CHILDREN OF THE CITY IN JEOPARDY.
CALLER STATES SHE UNDERSTANDS THERE IS A 6 BILLION DOLLARS IN A "RAINY DAY FUND" THAT SHOULD BE USED TO PAY FOR SERVICES SUCH AS EDUCATION AND CHILD CARE.
SHE ALSO WANTS THE MAYOR TO REMEMBER WHY HE IS MAYOR OF THE CITY AND WHAT HIS ROLE IS AS A PUBLIC SERVANT. HE IS HERE TO SERVE ALL CITIZENS NOT JUST A HANDFUL.
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CALLER STATES: THE MAYOR WILL BE RUINING PUBLIC SCHOOLS IF HE GOES THROUGH WITH THE LAY OFF. SHE WILL HOLD HIM PERSONALLY RESPONSIBLE AND THIS WILL BE HIS LEGACY.
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