As residents of Ulster County, we have an exciting opportunity in the upcoming month. We have the opportunity to come together in discussion of Common Core and its impact on our children and our schools and then ask our Ulster County legislature to move Resolution No. 350 in support of ending the implementation of Common Core in New York State.
This will not be easy or a trivial undertaking but I believe our children are worth it and we can do it!
Ulster County legislator Craig Lopez has drafted Resolution No. 350 in support of the New York State assembly and senate bills to end the implementation of Common core – read the current version of the resolution here – and will reintroduce the resolution to the Legislative Programs, Education and Community Services committee on November 5, 2014 before the resolution comes to the floor to be voted on by the full Ulster County legislature on November 18, 2014. UPDATE 11/6/14: Resolution No. 350 passed the committee and will be going to the full Ulster County legislature for a vote on November 18!
Kingston Action For Education co-founders and members Tory Lowe, Maria Maritsas, myself (Jolyn Safron) and Madeline Hoetger spoke about a number of concerns related to Common Core before the Ulster County legislature at the monthly session on Tuesday October 21, 2014. Now we need you, the Ulster County community, to communicate with the members of the Legislative Programs committee and your county legislators regarding your personal concerns and stories related to the impact Common Core has had in Ulster County. A few people will not be able to take the Common Core problem on alone. The county will need to come together to make a stand against Common Core. Just imagine if we can light the way for the rest of New York State to create similar resolutions and have a ground-swell coming to the state legislature that Common Core does indeed need to be repealed!
Here are some suggestions of what you can do:
- E-mail your county legislator today with a brief description of why you are concerned about Common Core.
- Adjust your calendar and plan to attend the legislative session on November 18, 2014 and speak during public comment or if you can not possibly speak before a group of people, at least be present to lend your support to those who are speaking.
- Call your county legislator next week with another concern (if you have more than one).
- Make an appointment for the following week (or switch the activities around if that works better – or do two weeks of e-mails – just make contacts).
- Keep the communication informative and respectful. Our legislators are residents of Ulster County just like we are and want the best for all of the residents of the county including our children.
Here is a list of the Ulster County legislators with their contact information.
Here is contact information specifically for the members of the Legislative Programs, Education and Community Services committee:
- David Donaldson (committee chairman) – District No. 6 – City of Kingston – or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Mary Wawro – District No. 1 – Town of Saugerties – email@example.com
- Craig Lopez – District No. 14 – Town of Shawangunk, Town of Wawarsing – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Lynn Archer – District No. 21 – Town of Rochester, Town of Wawarsing – email@example.com
- Donald Gregorius – District No. 23 – Town of Hurley, Town of Woodstock – firstname.lastname@example.org