BOE Meeting Tonight
The Westhill BOE meeting is tonight at 7pm in the HS auditorium. Please come out in support of the board as they make the difficult decisions re: the budget, but more importantly in support of our colleagues as they face potential job cuts. There’s no easy way out of this mess, but it will be slightly more bearable if we hang together, or assuredly we shall (well you know the rest).
Budget Deal in Albany
There’s apparently a budget deal in Albany which includes restorations to the education funding. We haven’t seen the details yet, so we don’t know how much more Westhill will be getting. I’ll keep you updated as we learn more.
Tests Make Kids Sick
Fed up with testing? I sure am. There were reports last week of students sickened by the test and a ridiculous response by SED in one case in Westchester County. READ ABOUT IT HERE.
Considering Opting Out?
There is a growing movement referred to at “Opt Out” among parents across the state. Parents are asking districts to allow their children the option of “refusal” on the state tests. A report out of Western, NY appeared on the Buffalo YNN affiliate. CHECK IT OUT HERE.
NYSUT has two forums with which you can speak out against high-stakes testing. Go to testing.nysut.org and sign the parent’s petition and also share your stories about testing in the classroom through “Tell It Like It Is!” NYSUT will host a “Tell It” forum on April 18th, 5:30PM, at C-NS High School. Save the date and recruit your friends to attend. We want Prez Ianuzzi to hear us loud and clear as we stand up against SED’s runaway testing regime.