Oneonta EVENT–Attendance Needed

February 5, 2015. 4:30-5:30 pm.
11th Annual Legislative Forum at the Catskill Regional Teacher Center. 4:30-5:30 pm to take place in the Bugbee School Auditorium, 1 State St. Oneonta–parking and entrance in rear. Teachers, faculty, administrators, education students, and other education focused groups have the opportunity to meet with their area legislators (Assemblyman Crouch; Assemblyman Lopez; Assemblyman Magee; Congressman Gilbson’s District Director Steve Bulger; Senator Gilligbrand’s District Director Colleen Deacon; and Senator Seward’s Education Director Duncan Davie) representing the Central New York region.

Oneonta Area for Public Education, with support from regional NYSUT, Worcester Community for Education, and several local teachers’ associations, invite you to participate in speaking out.  This is the first event in an important series of events that are part of our “Because I Care” campaign.

In light of Governor Cuomo’s State of the State Address, it has never been more clear that public education is under attack! We need your participation to help send a message that the current direction of education is unacceptable.

This is the perfect opportunity for us to show up en masse with respectful rally signs and prepared statements of your personal concern(s). You don’t have to speak, but your presence will add to the impact and to our collective voice.

We ask that you limit your statement to not more than a minute. Introduce yourself, then begin your statement with “Because I Care….” You can talk about what matters most to you as a parent, as a teacher, as a taxpayer, etc.

Topics may include, but are not limited to:

–excessive testing: effects on children, on teachers, on families, etc.
–parents opting out, why it’s important
–teachers refusing to administer tests, that we’re starting to see this and we support it
–Cuomo’s APPR proposal, takes away local control, focuses even more on test scores, unrealistic, an attack on teachers
–lack of funding for our schools; Cuomo’s bully tactics & threats (more funding, but only if you do as I say)
–lack of local control in general
–teachers unfairly evaluated
–poverty, the real cause of student failure
–fear of schools closing, facing consolidation & regional/ county schools

To RSVP at our public Facebook event, click 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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