If you are at all concerned about the state of the educational system right now in New York and particularly Common Core and can possibly spare 5-10 minutes, your urgent action is needed.
The New York State assembly introduced a bill A8929 on Friday that appears to ‘fix Common Core’ but in fact that is not the case. You can read more about the situation in my BLOG post from the weekend. Basically the bill presented on Friday leaves us stuck with the way things are right now BUT there is another bill A8844 which will actually provide some relief from Common Core and is a much better bill.
What you need to do:
- Contact Assemblyman Cahill and tell him to drop support of the bill A8929 introduced on Friday and instead support bill A8844.
- Contact Assembly Speaker Silver and tell him to drop support of A8929 and to support A8844 instead.
- Contact Assembly Education Committee chair Cathy Nolan who introduced bill A8929 and ask her to support A8844 instead.
Contact information for the legislators:
UPDATE 3/3/14 5pm: The assembly education committee is scheduled to vote on bill A8929 tomorrow (Tuesday 3/4/14) so there is still time to contact the legislators if you have not been able to do so yet today.
I am including the e-mail I sent to Assemblyman Cahill if you would like to use it as a template but feel free to write your own version instead – it will have even more impact if it is in your own words. When I called, I left a very simple message asking the legislators to drop support of A8929 and to instead sponsor A8844.
Dear Assemblyman Cahill,I have just learned that you have signed on to sponsor assembly bill A8929. I am actively working to enact changes to the Common Core Agenda in New York State, however bill A8929 does not make the changes that are needed for our children. This bill does not deal with the problems regarding testing for our special education and ELL students. It does NOT stop the error-filled Common Core curriculum or tests. It does not provide support for our advanced learners (of which my daughter is one). In the end this bill adopts the federal standards and leaves our local teachers, parents and communities with the same problems we are facing right now and no way of fixing them.You MUST remove your name from bill A8929 and instead support bill A8844 which provides relief in all of the areas I have listed. I am looking forward to hearing a response from you as soon as possible.Jolyn Safron(include your address here)