Public Invited to Educational Forum

For Immediate Release: January 7, 2014
Information contacts:
Danielle Boudet: (607) 316-3173;
Ken Sider: (607) 432-8480.

 Public Invited to Attend Educational Forum:
Carol Burris: On the State of Education in NY—Reform & Resistance”

Oneonta Area for Public Education (oa4pe), a local grassroots organization dedicated to raising awareness about current issues in public education, invites the community to a special educational forum on January 18, at 2:00 PM, at the Oneonta High School auditorium. This event is free and open to the public and accessible to persons with disabilities.

This event will feature the voices of three widely known public school administrators and education advocates as they address issues of testing, curriculum, teacher evaluation (APPR), the collection of private student data, and the Common Core Learning Standards. The keynote speaker, Dr. Carol Burris, is the principal of South Side High School in Rockville Centre, New York and was named 2013 Principal of the Year by the National Association of Secondary School Principals. A regular contributor to The Washington Post, she is also the author of three books on educational topics. Burris was recently featured on the Fox Channel’s program Huckabee. Burris will be joined by two special guests. Frank Sutliff, an educator with twenty-five years experience as a secondary principal, and current President of the School Administrators Association of New York, will address APPR. Tim Farley, an elementary and middle school principal has been published in both Diane Ravitch’s nationally-acclaimed blog and the Times Union. Tim has testified in front of the New York State Senate and Assembly and will address Common Core, high stakes testing, APPR, and data privacy. He is a founding member of the group New York State Allies for Public Education.

“Surrounding the implementation of Common Core State Standards in New York State are volumes of rhetoric about what is best for students,” said New Hartford teacher and mother, Jessica McNair. “I’m looking forward to traveling to Oneonta to hear a first-hand account of the impact that NYSED’s reform agenda has had on students, and to hear how I can advocate for my students.”

Vicki Skidmore Lyall, an elementary teacher in the Oneonta City School District stated, “This is big. Oneonta is fortunate to have a figure like Carol Burris lend her voice to these issues. Burris is recognized as an outstanding educator and administrator in the field.”

Oa4pe is sponsoring this event, with support from NYSUT, the Sherburne-Earlville Teachers’ Association, the Oneonta Teachers’ Association, and other regional advocacy groups as part of a series of community forums being held across NYSto examine and discuss current state education policies. Parents and community members will gain a better understanding of how these issues are currently impacting their child, and they will walk away with tangible ways in which they can advocate on a local and state level to protect the rights of their children.Dates and locations for other forums will be announced at—public-education-now-reform-and-resistance-in-nys.html.

You can RSVP for this event on facebook.

to download and print this flyer, go here.

to download and print this flyer, go here


to download and print this flyer, go here


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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