Currently, the education system is going through drastic changes. In 2010, the New York State Education Department (NYSED) agreed to proceed (and accept funds) with a federal plan entitled Common Core State Standards Initiative. Yet the implementation of the plan hasn’t been smooth. The interpretation of requirements (mandate) differs from one district to another. The administrators and members of school boards, who rely only on official memos issued by the education department are far less informed than parents, who are doing their own research, share the information across the country and with local residents at public meetings. I am part of a team organizing such a meeting near our district, so I took the initiative and invited the members of Malverne school board. This is the text of the invitation.
Dear BOE member,
There is going to be a meeting about the Common Core Initiative held in East Rockaway on November 25. The meeting is organized by local parents as a reaction to NYSED-imposed, ill-conceived, and badly implemented mandate. As the opposition to the mandate is growing, similar meetings are being organized each week across the Long Island.
Our meeting is different though. It’s local. You’ll see many familiar faces from our school district. You’ll be presented with facts the “official” NYSED memo about the Common Core haven’t mentioned. You’ll get in-depth analysis of the inBloom data mining deal the NYSED signed and didn’t disclose to districts. You will hear how not so “common” students cope with the one-size-fits-all structure of standardized tests. You will also learn the effects on property taxes after the USED will stop subsidizing the mandate in 2015. You’ll not only hear much more facts, but you’ll also experience first hand how genuinely concerned parents are about the future of public education.
The meeting takes place at 7:30 at the Hewlett-East Rockaway Jewish Centre, 295 Main St, East Rockaway. We are looking forward to see you there.