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Dear Colleagues and Friends of Quality Educational Reform,
Thank you for your overwhelmingly positive comments and support based upon the 'letter to parents' I wrote.
My letter was but a single scream into the onslaught of a hurricane or a small snowball rolling down a mountain. What is needed are thousands of letters and/or emails. To date, my letter has generated over 66,691 'hits.'
If each person reading and supporting the concepts in the letter were to write a letter and/or email to our Governor, a letter and/or email to the NYS Board of Regents, and a letter and/or email to the NYS Commissioner of Education, we will be well on our way to creating that cascade of snowballs. And if each of you would just get five other people to write.....think avalanche!
The principals, teachers' unions, and the superintendents of our state have all tried, in vain, to present a logical and reasonable resistance to the statistical analysis processes that is now driving educational reform in our state. Statisticians are now running the educational reform movement, not educators. The only recourse left and our last resort is a direct letter campaign to the bureaucratic heads of the state and the SED.
For example, the Niagara Regional PTA passed an emergency resolutionhttp://roundtheinkwell.files.wordpress.com/2012/09/ptaresolution2.pdf to submit at the New York State PTA convention this fall. The resolution calls for a move away from 3-8 testing and the elimination of teacher and principal evaluation by test scores. If all of our local PTAs would support this resolution it would be huge. Please contact them!
I have attached two exemplars of a possible letter that might serve as the genesis of your letter. If you supported the concepts outlined in my letter to parents, please take the next step and roll your own snowball down the hill and become a part of the avalanche!
Don Sternberg, Ed.D.
Wantagh Elementary School
1765 Beech Street
Wantagh, New York 11793-3456