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What's the holdup with action to end excessive high-stakes testing to which our students are subjected?
What's the holdup in ending the amount of influence testing corporations have on the State Education Department and some elected officials?
What't the holdup in standing up for the public education and against big-money groups that oppose our children's public neighborhood schools?
PMCT is LACING TO THE TOP
Green laces are loud and impossible to ignore. They are therefore a perfect symbol of the people protecting kids. Over 2000 people, including close to 40 PMCT members, attended the Students, Not Scores Rally held at Comsewogue High School on Saturday August 17th. Dr. Joe Rella, the Superintendent of the Comsewogue Schools told the crowd he would be wearing his green laces every day as a reminder of the battle we are waging against the high stakes testing in NY and across the country. His rallied the crowd to "STOP IT...FIX IT...OR SCRAP IT "and told them "We Can't Be Invisible Anymore!" You can see some of the video of Dr. Rella's talk to the crowd at this link Dr. Rella at Student, Not Scores Rally. The more of us that wear the green laces as a symbol of our love for educating children and our rejection of the abusive common core implementation and testing..the more likely people with the power to make the change will listen.
All PMCT members will be receiving the laces when we return to school. All members are also encouraged to join the FB group entitled Lace To The Top. The group can also be followed on Twitter @lacetothetop. You can also find more information on how you can be politically active and stay informed at the website www.StudentsNotScores.com As NYSUT president, Dick Iannuzzi, told us at the rally "Stop looking to the corporate world for quick fixes. Start Listening to parents and educatotors. Get it right, instead of getting it done."
Please sign the petition that give your support to Assemblyman Al Graf's approach to fixing education in New York. He has introduced a program bill that will change the education policies in New York State. He believes our children deserve a chance to succeed and it should be done right! His petition can be found at http://www.fixnyschools.com/. Congressman Graf has been very vocal in his opposition to the shoddy implementation of the Common Core and High Stake Testing in NY and also attended the rally and spoke at the rally on August 17th.
Please encourage all your friends and family with children in public schools to join the group, wear their laces, sign Congressman Graf's petition and help fight for the education of all public school children.
PMCT VP Beth Warnken ready to go with over 500 pairs of green laces!
Picture Credit - Kevin Glynn from Lace to The Top - One of the highlights of the rally was Assemblyman Englebright saying, "Somebody's head should be on the block and it should be John King!" He was right of course, but he neglected to mention King's host of other education reform cronies: Barack Obama, Arne Duncan, Andy Cuomo, John J. Flanagan, Ken LaValle, Chris Christie, Cory Booker, Mike Bloomberg, Merryl Tisch and the list goes on and on....
Thanks to all the PMCT member who attended the rally!!
HS VP Alicia Connelly-Foster with NYSUT President Dick Iannuzzi
A HUGE Crowd!
Paul Grupinski with Paul Pecorale
Paul Pecorale with Margaret King
The Dowling College-Brookhaven Campus was the venue on Oct. 14th for the Breast Cancer Awareness Walk for Suffolk County. Over 200 Patchogue-Medford students, coaches, players, parents and teachers attended and walked under bright sunny skies helping to raise over $6000. Special thanks to Frank Paddelecchia and his lacrosse coaching staff and team for walking and raising additional money. Oregon teacher Andrew Bacon, with the help of his student organization, raised an additional $1200 the week following the walk.
The Dennison Building in Hauppauge was the site of the EducateNYNow.org rally to bring to light the inequities in how Albany funds public education. The rally was held during the afternoon hours of September 20th as commuter traffic passing by was almost brought to a halt.Teachers from school districts throughout Long Island including instructors from Nassau and Suffolk Community Colleges, attended the rally to give voice to the devastation brought on Long Island schools by the governor and legislators in Albany. Working to eliminate the tax cap and restore education the way it should be was the emphasis of the speeches made by teachers, parents and NYSUT representatives. Future events throughout the year will be organized to STOP THE CAP! RESTORE THE GAP!
The primary disagreement appears to be teacher job security in the wake of a new program that evaluates teachers based on students' standardized test scores. The Chicago Teachers Union called the idea "data-driven madness." However, Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis said teachers had no choice but to strike, despite "intense but productive" bargaining sessions. "This is no way to measure the effectiveness of an educator," Lewis said Sunday. "Further, there are too many factors beyond our control which impact how well some students perform on standardized tests such as poverty, exposure to violence, homelessness, hunger and other social issues beyond our control."
Another sticking point is a "recall" policy that would put laid-off teachers in line for job openings at other schools within the district. Emanuel said such a policy would take hiring decisions away from school principals and put them in the hands of central administrators and union leaders. As many as 6,000 teachers could lose their jobs under the evaluation system, according to Lewis, who called the system "unacceptable."
Union officials have said they are puzzled by the stance of Emanuel, the city's Democratic mayor, whom they accused of going back on promises to teachers, police officers and other civil servants.
The membership of PMCT along with NYSUT and the AFT stand in solidarity with the Chicago teachers. Union Strong!
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