YONKERS, NY – The Yonkers Federation of Teachers (YFT)are asking their membership to demonstrate their concern to Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano for the return of Certified Pupil support Services for the student body. The demonstration is to take place on Thursday, October 11th, from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m., at the Cross County Shopping Center, at the Central Avenue entrance to the parking garage under the Cross County sign.
Pat Puleo, YFT President said, “The facts are that Yonkers Public School children are not getting the basic support services other districts provide their student! Did you know Yonkers has only 15 guidance counselors for over 26,000 students? Buffalo has 193 guidance counselors for 33,000 students, Syracuse has 60 guidance counselors for 20,000 students, Rochester has 90 guidance counselors for 32, 000 students, and White Plains has 10 guidance counselors for 2,000 students. Funding could be provided to keep our children safe. As we celebrate anti-bullying month, where are the support staff, psychologists, social workers, guidance counselors to protect the children of Yonkers?