FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Be heard! Oneonta Area for Public Education, Oneonta Teachers Association and NYSUT invite parents, teachers and all interested parties to a panel discussion, speak-out and community workshop to address current issues in public education.
Oneonta Area for Public Education–in partnership with the Oneonta Teachers Association, the New York State United Teachers, the Alliance to Reclaim Education, & the United University Professions–announced today that they will host a panel discussion and speak-out for parents and educators to fill the void caused by the cancellations of public meetings by the State Education Department and Commissioner John B. King Jr.
The event, to be held on November 6th from 6 to 8 pm at SUNY Oneonta in Morris Hall’s Otsego Grill (and Le Cafe) downstairs, will provide parents, educators and taxpayers with an opportunity to share their concerns about high stakes testing and organize for solutions addressing the problems caused by the rushed implementation of the Regents’ Reform agenda.
“This event will provide a forum for parents and educators to be heard,” said Oneonta Area for Public Education member Betsy Bloom. “People understand that their fundamental rights as citizens have been undercut by the way the NYS Board of Regents and Commissioner John King have imposed a reform agenda that results in too much testing, overwhelmed children and demoralized teachers,” said Bloom.
“Commissioner King and the rest of the SED have consistently and systematically ignored the concerns of parents and educators throughout the state,” said Danielle Boudet, a parent in the Morris CS district and founding member of Oneonta Area for Public Education. “To blame the failure of his first round of public forums on so-called ‘special interest’ groups shows just how out of touch he is with his constituents. Our special interests are our kids. We can’t sit back and wait for the Commissioner to moderate another fruitless conversation.”
Free childcare will be available at this event.
Parking information: Parking is free in the commuter lots. Parking passes will be available at the event. Or you can download them here and print them out. You can also print a campus map for your convenience. (please see pinned post below)!
The Oneonta Alliance for Public Education, Oneonta Teachers Association and NYSUT are calling for a moratorium on high-stakes consequences for students and teachers resulting from the state’s standardized tests.
The Oneonta Area for Public Education is a coalition of parents, educators and community members dedicated to reclaiming public education in the Oneonta Area.