Parents, educators, politicos and community members have filled auditoriums, meeting halls and public spaces in recent weeks expressing their concern — for some, their outrage — over the state’s implementation of the new Common Core learning standards and their effects on students and teachers.
Last night, it was Central New York — in Whitesboro, Oneida County — where nearly 1,000 people, including many NYSUT members, gathered at the local high school to tell state Education Commissioner John King and area lawmakers that the state’s rushed implementation of the standards and its over-reliance on standardized tests has negatively impacted how students learn and teachers teach. Here is the Utica Observer-Dispatch’s coverage of last night’s meeting. And television coverage, too.
NYSUT has been the leading voice in the call for SED to “get it right” and has called for a three-year moratorium on high-stakes consequences for students and teachers from the state tests.
The Whitesboro meeting was just the latest in a number of similar gatherings that have been popping up throughout New York. NYSUT President Dick Iannuzzi and AFT President Randi Weingarten were recently the featured speakers at a rally on Long Island while, last week, the Buffalo community came together to echo the union’s “get testing right” message. Meanwhile, the New York State PTA has scheduled a series of statewide town hall meetings on Common Core. The first of the town halls will beThursday at Spackenhill High School in Poughkeepsie. Others are scheduled for:
Oct. 15 Garden City High School in Garden City
Oct. 16 Shenendehowa High School West in Clifton Park
Oct. 24 Williamsville North High School in Williamsville
Oct. 30 New Hartford Senior High School in New Hartford
NYSUT members are strongly encouraged to attend one of the PTA meetings and, with parents, let their voices be heard.