In New York State, the Board of Regents oversees all educational activities and presides over The University and the New York State Education Department. Four incumbents, Regents Cea, Jackson, Cotrell and Norwood, are up against 20 new candidates for seats on the Board of Regents. Considering the growing unrest surrounding education in New York State, it is past time to give the process by which Regents are appointed more thought and bring on Regents who will thoughtfully listen to educators, parents, and students as they make choices to provide a high quality education for all students of New York State.
On February 4th and 11th, Assemblywomen Nolan and Glick will lead interviews for the four positions on the Board of Regents. It is imperative that we urge our elected New York State legislators to attend the interviews, participate in the process of appointing new Regents, and advocate for change.
Here’s what you can do:
Email your state senator or assembly member and ask him/her to actively participate in the interview and selection process. Not sure what to say? Our allies over at the New York State Allies for Public Education (NYSAPE) have provided some useful information for you here and you can find your elected official’s contact information here:
NYS Assembly Member: http://assembly.state.ny.us/mem
NYS Senator: http://www.nysenate.gov/senators
Then let your Assemblyman and Senator know that you support the following candidates, endorsed by the New York State Allies for Public Education (NYSAPE). You can read more about each candidate, here:
District XIII Michael Reilly
District III Regina Rose
At Large Audrey Marie Baker
In order to make true, long-term changes for our children, we must affect the Regents appointment process and ensure that our Regents will advocate for the needs our children. Our children are more than test scores, they are more than data points, and as such, they deserve high qualified Regents at the helm.
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by Valerie Strauss & Carol Burris
The Washington Post January 27, 2014
NYSUT Board approves ‘no confidence’ resolution
New York State United Teachers
January 25, 2013
“New York State United Teachers’ Board of Directors approved a resolution Saturday that declared “no confidence” in the policies of State Education Commissioner John King Jr., therefore calling for his removal by the Board of Regents.” Read more here.
The Defiant Parents: Testing’s Discontents
by Rebecca Mead, The New Yorker
January 23, 2014
“…parents who challenge the status quo on testing are not motivated by a deluded pride in their children’s unrecognized accomplishments, or by a fear that their property values will diminish if their schools’ scores’ drop. They are, in many cases, driven by a conviction that a child’s performance on a standardized test is an inadequate, unreliable measure of that child’s knowledge, intelligence, aptitude, diligence, and character—and a still more unreliable measure of his teachers’ effort, skill, perseverance, competence, and kindness.
They are also motivated by the belief that those parents who are least equipped to speak out are the mothers and fathers of the children who are most vulnerable—the most likely to have their educations diminished by months of repetitive test prep, most likely to find themselves reduced to the statistical data at the wrong end of the bell curve. Parents in this year’s opt-out movement are standing up for something larger than their own child’s test-day happiness: the conviction that all children have better things to do with their days than fill in bubbles on a multiple-choice sheet, and that all children have better things to do with their heads than bang them against a table in despair.
The Problems with the Common Core
by Stan Karp Rethinking Schools
“This is a revised version of a talk on the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) delivered in Portland, Oregon, Sept. 20, 2013.”