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NYS Allies for Public Education, a state-wide coalition representing over 40 organizations, continues to call for Commissioner John King’s resignation despite newly scheduled “small forums”. The canceling of last week’s series of PTA Town Hall meetings is only one indicator of King’s inability to give all stakeholders a public avenue to voice their concerns. Only after fierce pressure and calls for his resignation from parents did Commissioner King agree to schedule these “small forums”, and NYSAPE is concerned that the revised format will not give parents adequate opportunity to express their concerns.
John King’s recent behavior is part of a continuing pattern of disregard for the voices of parents, teachers, principals, superintendents and other concerned citizens. Commissioner King has demonstrated time and again that despite the serious concerns raised by parents and educators, he plans to adhere to a hasty plan of action that harms children.
The Buffalo Teachers Federation is aggressively fighting a flawed evaluation system, over the system’s termination use of evaluations. On June 17 followed through with its threats, first made in April, to take legal action against the Buffalo Public Schools. The BTF filed a notice of claim against the BPS in State Supreme Court. As the Buffalo News’ Sandra Tan reports, the notice is the required preliminary step towards filing a full formal suit. Whereas on the other hand, the UFT leadership has endorsed the State Education Commissioner John King-imposed evaluation system which carry terminations. Michael Mulgrew, the latter union’s president casts this value-added modeling plan plus Danielson Framework evaluation structure –plus a termination tie-in– as a win for teachers. (The latter union’s givebacks in the last three years amount to a de facto contract.) The BTF’s struggle over evaluations is a fight deserving support, and their stance on evaluations is one to be emulated.
At the heart of the Buffalo Teacher Federation’s fight are evaluations and the punitive use of them, toward 3020a terminations of teachers. The union did not trust the application of the evaluations.
Education Advocacy Groups from across New York Unite to form NYS Allies for Public Education and Plan Protest at Commissioner King’s Visit to Rochester
New York Education Commissioner John King will be visiting Rochester’s School of the Arts on August 28th. Although his visit is not open to the public, members of a newly formed coalition of parents, educators and students called New York State Allies for Public Education [NYSAPE] plan to make their opposition to excessive tests and data sharing known by protesting outside of the school at 1pm.
NYSAPE includes groups from the following regions:
Long Island: Long Island Opt Out Info, Long Island Parents for Education
Western New York: Western New Yorkers for Public Education, Concerned Teachers of Chautauqua County, East Aurora Supporters of Public Education, Hamburg Parents for QUALITY Public Education, Ken-Ton Parents Against Excessive Testing, Lancaster Central School District Info on Standardized Testing, NYS Stop Testing, O.P. Parents Against Excessive Testing, Partnership for Smarter Schools , Rush Henrietta Parents Against Excessive Standardized Testing, Williamsville Parents for Meaningful Assessment
Student test scores on the state standardized exams plummeted this year: only 31% of students passed these tests. Parents throughout the state are outraged and convinced that Commissioner King set the passing scores on these exams to convince them that their children and schools are failing to help him impose his damaging agenda. Last weekend, nearly 2,000 parents and teachers, including members of NYSAPE, attended a protest rally in Long Island, expressing their opposition to these unfair and invalid exams.