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Despite 'good conversation' with Cuomo, teachers to protest at Dem convention

Sayville teachers protest on April 28, 2014, outside

Sayville teachers protest on April 28, 2014, outside a catering hall in Holbrook where Gov. Andrew Cuomo was speaking. Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan

[Here’s a follow-up on a post from last week about Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s meeting with Long Island teachers who protested his appearance at the Suffolk County Democrat Party dinner.]

Connetquot Teachers Association president Tony Felicio Jr. and other union officials met with Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo in Manhattan to discuss teachers' concerns about the Common Core, teacher evaluations and other education policies.

This meeting came after Felicio led a Cuomo protest in Suffolk County last month.

Felicio called it a "good conversation. For a governor to give some Long Island teachers an hour-and-a-half of his time, that's something." Still, Felicio said, "We didn't get a commitment to change anything."

The teachers plan to rally outside the Democratic state convention next week in Melville. "He would have liked us not to," Felicio said of Cuomo. But "without the rally two weeks ago, we wouldn't have had this meeting."

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