Though there are 34 New York State Assemblymen supporting the Graf Bill to rescind legislation requiring adherence to Common Core and Race To The Top standards, only two Monroe County legislators, Republicans William Nojay of the 133rd District and Stephen Hawley of the 139th District, have lent their support.
Republican William Reilich of the 134th District, Republican Mark Johns of the 135th District, Democrat Joseph Morelle of the 136th District, Democrat David Gantt of the 137th District and Democrat Harry Bronson of the 138th District have not signed on in support of Graf’s Fix New York Schools Bill.
This is important and very telling since Common Core Standards legislation stands to do more harm to children living in large urban areas like Rochester and, with the exception of Reilich and Johns, these are the legislators who have constituencies in Rochester.
It is no secret that Gantt and Morelle favor mayoral control of schools which the Rochester community fought diligently to suppress.
Is it possible that these elected leaders are relying on the failure of our children to once again support their intent to remove the School Board of Commissioners and gain control of the District?
Are our children being used as pawns in a political game of power and control?
Are the various unions, NYSUT, ASAR, RTA, RAP, and BENTE truly concerned with stopping the forced implementation of Common Core standards and curriculum guidance? Are they urging their members to sign Assemblyman Graf’s petition?
There is no doubt that signing the petition and contacting your State Assembly representatives will have an impact on their decision to support Graf’s Bill.
Our actions will speak volumes and influence their actions.
Joseph Morelle, 1945 E Ridge Rd, Rochester, NY 14622, (585) 467-0410, firstname.lastname@example.org
David Gantt, 4 University Avenue, Rochester, NY 14605, 585-454-3670, GanttD@assembly.state.ny.us
Harry Bronson, 840 University Avenue, Rochester, NY 14607, 585-244-5255, email@example.com
Our children should not be used as pieces in any game of the wealthy.
Every citizen of Rochester must make their voice heard.
We must fight for the right of every child to an excellent, child centered, developmentally appropriate, experiential and successful education.
Join the Movement to Save Our Children!