***FULL YOUTUBE PLAYLIST– The New York State Allies for Public Education speak at the Legislative Office Building, Albany, NY. March 12, 2015
LEGISLATIVE OFFICE BUILDING, ALBANY, NY– On Thursday, March 12, 2015, Assemblyman Ed Ra welcomed the New York State Allies for Public Education (“NYSAPE”) to Albany for a discussion on the current state of our education system and Governor Cuomo’s proposed education reforms. This forum provided an opportunity for legislators and staff to speak directly with community members who are experiencing the recent reform agenda as parents, teachers and administrators in New York public schools.
The participants included:
Danielle Boudet – Otsego County public school parent, founding member of NYSAPE, and founder of Oneonta Area for Public Education.
Jeanette Deutermann – Nassau County public school parent, founding member of NYSAPE, and founder of Long Island Opt Out.
Timothy Farley – Elementary/Middle School Principal, educator of 23 years, father of four public school children, and steering committee member for NYSAPE.
Marla Kilfoyle – National Board Certified Teacher, 29 years in the classroom, General Manager for BATs, steering committee member for NYSAPE, parent advocate for Long Island Opt Out.
Jessica McNair – Oneida County public school parent, educator, and steering committee member for NYSAPE, co-founder of Opt-Out CNY.
Lisa Rudley – Westchester County public school parent, founding member of NYSAPE, President of Ossining Citizens for Schools, and Director of Education Policy, Autism Action Network.
Anna Shah, JD – Dutchess County public school parent, founder of Hudson Valley Educator Initiative, Schools of Thought Hudson Valley, and steering committee member for NYSAPE.
Bianca Tanis – Ulster County public school parent, special education teacher, founding member of NYSAPE and member of Re-thinking Testing Mid-Hudson region.
Dr. Kjersti VanSlyke-Briggs – Professor of Secondary Education, SUNY Oneonta.
New York State Allies for Public Education is a group of over 50 parent and educator groups from around the state that advocate for children every day. We want our schools filled with more teaching and motivating programs and an end to the abusive high-stakes testing policies. We are parents, students, educators, and community members united as allies to reclaim public education and ensure every child has an enriching childhood experience in their public schools and communities. We are supporters of public education who believe excessive high-stakes testing and inappropriate sharing of private student data without parental consent threatens the futures of our students, schools, and state.