Here is a lengthy but highly informative article that appeared on the Journal News of loud.com. It explains, in great detail, NY’s plan to track and share our children’s data. We hope you’ll take the time to read it. For additional information and regular updates on the state of data collection we encourage you to follow Class Size Matters.
This past week, State Senators told Commissioner King to fix it or they will, the assembly minority unveiled their own “Apple Plan”, the state’s teachers’ union declared “no confidence” in the Commissioner, and what was once a grass roots opposition movement of parent groups now has many jumping on the bandwagon trying to capitalize on the botched implementation of the Common Core in NY.
We need to make sure that real changes are made and not temporary, election-year concessions or empty promises. Keep the pressure on. Keep making phone calls. Keep writing letters.
Every movement has leaders and followers. The leaders shape the vision, organize, and inspire. The followers give the movement strength.
Thank you to all the parents, principals, superintendents, teachers, and students who have been speaking out against harmful education reforms in NY state.
Some of the many leaders can be found at the “Helpful Resources” section of refuseny.org. Many more leaders can be found at the “Latest News by Region” section. If you have a group that has not been included, please let us know.
Join a group in your area to help make this movement even stronger.
Many of you have already confidently decided to refuse this spring’s exams. Many more of you are weighing the pros and cons, not quite sure what is best for your child. Reading this thoughtful article by Rebecca Meade for the New Yorker blog should be helpful if you are sitting on the fence.
The over reliance on high-stakes testing and data collection is hurting our children today. It will hurt our democracy tomorrow. Education is a human right that needs to be preserved. It is the responsibility of a free and just society. To refuse is to protect: our children, their future.
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