One of the members of the Governor’s Education Commission is Senator John J. Flanagan. We should learn about him and all of the people, we may not have chosen, but are clearly in effect, and understand that it is easier for everyone to work with people than against them.
The people who attended yesterday’s hearing were basically there to plead for funding. There were a few who asked for understanding and a few asked for patience, a few warned, but mostly they wanted funding. This was an excellent opportunity to present a strong, intelligent plea for what it is we are fighting for and, there was no voice. No objection to what was said, no denial of reliance on standardized testing to determine outcomes, no institutionalized racism tied to funding and few issues of poverty.
A panel of people concerned enough about the system of education in our State, that they put in the hours it takes to listen, heard.
It was interesting to hear the speakers from the Buffalo School District. They are going down some of the same paths Rochester has tread. At one point Carrie Remis pointed this out and asked if they had done any research on the results in Rochester.
Buffalo parents expressed concern that district members of the Big Five were not able to vote on district budgets which lessons their power in terms of decision making.
Several smaller Monroe County districts reported cutbacks in their budgets were having devastating effects on their ability to deliver a comprehensive curriculum. The Science and Technology department attested to their relevance in education down to Second Grade.
Mayoral control advocates spoke about unions and the inability to negotiate a contract because of the Taylor Law and the Triborough Amendment.
And, a woman spoke about an idea she had for a book called, “Buffalo Writes” (spelling assumed) in which she gathered letters from people and bound them.
Small class size spoke out. Stop crowding our babies into classrooms and then drugging them for control. Smaller children deserve smaller class sizes!
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