NYS Education Commissioner doesn’t give a sheet what you think
Following David Coleman’s lead, NYS Education Commissioner ,John King, demonstrated yesterday that he doesn’t give a sheet what the parents and teachers of the Empire State think. The day after a capacity crowd at Spackenkill High School lambasted the Commissioner, the NYS PTA posted the following notice on their web site;
Upcoming Town Hall Meetings are Suspended
The New York State Education Commissioner’s office has requested suspending the remaining Town Hall meetings on the Common Core scheduled in the upcoming weeks. Please know that NYS PTA will continue to work with all education and child advocacy partners to keep our members updated and informed on education, health, safety and welfare issues affecting children and families.
The NYS PTA is making a huge mistake cancelling their town halls. Their credibility is now at stake. They should hold their meetings, place an empty chair center stage, and allow parents and teachers to create a record of their concerns for their children and students.
Does Commissioner King’s cancellation demonstrates that he is not capable of meeting this simple standard or is it that he just does not give a shit what the parents and teachers of NY think?
The Common Core standards for first grade state :
- CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.1.1 Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about grade 1 topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups.
- CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.1.1a Follow agreed-upon rules for discussions (e.g., listening to others with care, speaking one at a time about the topics and texts under discussion).
- CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.1.1b Build on others’ talk in conversations by responding to the comments of others through multiple exchanges.
- CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.1.1c Ask questions to clear up any confusion about the topics and texts under discussion.
It’s time for King to go, It’s time for the NYS Board of Regents to demand his resignation. It’s time for the legislature to stop pandering, with their faux hearings, and put a stop to the destruction of our public school system. It’s time for the self proclaimed student advocate, Governor Cuomo, to change the course of his sinking ship, It’s time for parents to stand and be counted, It’s time for teachers to march into their legislative district offices and inform their legislators that we are a viable voting block to be heard from and we will not be treated like scapegoats.
Thank you, John King , for throwing gasoline on the fire. You have lit the way for us…