Special Education Forum THIS Saturday

As a reminder, this Saturday, January 18th, Oneonta Area for Public Education will host an event 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. All are invited to attend.

This forum will feature the voices of three school administrators. Dr. Carol Burris was named 2013 NYS Principal of the Year. She currently serves as principal at South Side High School in the Rockville Centre School District. She frequently blogs about education at the Washington Post and has authored three books and numerous articles on the education. She recently critiqued the Common Core on Fox’s Huckabee show. Burris is also the author of a petition against the states system of evaluating teacher, which more than 1/3 of NYS principals have already signed onto.

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. 

Special guests in the audience will include Congressman Chris Gibson, and NYS Assemblymen Cliff Crouch, Pete Lopez, and Bill Magee. This event was made possible with generous contributions by the New York State United Teachers (NYSUT), the Oneonta Teachers’ Association, and the Sherburne-Earlville Teachers’ Association.

This event is part of a “Reform & Resistance” series of community forums taking place across New York State. Dates and locations for these events can be found at nysape.org.

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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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