Nearly $52 million dollars, the amount of our budget gap, will be usurped from the Rochester City School District budget by charter school tuition. This represents a 7% increase in charter school enrollment.
The only way to recoup this money is to provide an excellent education to ALL of Rochester’s children in our public schools.
Districts have succumbed to No Child Left Behind, Race To The Top, and the Common Core so totally that tunnel vision has not allowed district leadership to recognize that the educational failure we have been experiencing for decades is due largely to the adoption of these programs and policies.
Parents choose to send their children to private and charter schools because public schools are failing to provide even the basic education promised them in our State Constitution.
Districts across New York are in a “Race” to win as much State funding as possible regardless of the fact that it is the overall failure of all of our children that creates the competitive edge.
Fortunately, parents are beginning to speak up and speak out against the current system of education that dehumanizes our children and reduces them to data bits and dollar signs.
Last night in Greece, The Partnership for Smarter Schools, an organization of approximately 2,000 members, educated parents, grandparents, teachers, students, and administrators on the dangers inherent in RTTT and its common core components.
In 1929, Albert Einstein said, “I believe in standardizing automobiles. I do not believe in standardizing human beings. Standardization is a great peril which threatens American Culture.”
Dr. John McKenna, of the Tonawanda City School District stated, “It’s not the standards, it’s the standardization. . . they won this fight a century ago, it’s time to win this fight one more time.”
On Wednesday, April 23, 2014, from 7:00 to 8:00 PM, at the Northwest YMCA, 730 Long Pond Road, Parent to Parent will present another opportunity for the community to “Learn the facts about the reform movement and what these changes mean to children.”
The message is clear, the movement is growing, we will no longer stand for the standardization of our children.
Join the Movement to Save Our Children!