We Drove It Home Last Night!

Last night, our educational forum was a huge success! I’m pleased that our title, What’s REALLY Happening in Schools? became so poignant after hearing the many stories and testimonials from parents and educators who share deep concern over the state of public education. There were approximately 250 people in attendance–teachers, parents, college students, taxpayers. The speakers on the panel, and the audience members who participated in our community speak-out were passionate, intelligent, and articulate. I want to thank everyone who came. Thank you for caring so deeply about public education! It is clear by the numbers present last night that we are poised to join our grassroots friends across New York State in our desire and ability to make a difference and reclaim public education from harmful reform.

If you are new to this site, please sign up for email updates as we will be posting information from the event as we put it together. We hope to publish transcripts from our panel speakers as well as the powerful testimonials from our audience members. If you spoke last night, we would like to hear from you! And even if you didn’t come to the microphone, your voice deserves to be heard! Please contact us so we can make sure that those who couldn’t make it last night have a chance to hear the truth–What’s REALLY happening in schools.

Thank you to everyone who signed our petition last night. We will be sending this to our local Boards of Education very soon. If you didn’t get a chance, we will be posting information soon on how you can add your name to the list to ask our BOEs to pass a resolution on high-stakes testing.

If you left your email address on our sign-in sheet, you can expect an email from us within the next few days with links to the information that was available last night and more. We will also be posting that information here and in our Facebook group as soon as we can. If you would like to receive information by email but didn’t get a chance to sign our list, please contact us at OneontaAreaForPublicEducation@gmail.com.

Here is a link to the Daily Star article covering our event. Thank you also to Senator Seward for taking the time to come and listen to our concerns, and for your comments in the end. We look forward to working with you on these issues as we plan for future events and actions.

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About Betsy Bloom

Betsy is an Associate Professor of Education at Hartwick College in Oneonta NY. She is also a parent of two, a nine year veteran middle school social studies teacher and the current president of the NYS Foundations of Education Association, an organization dedicated to achieving social justice through public education.
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