LARCHMONT– Many local parents are upset with Governor Cuomo’s recently proposed education reform policies, due to go into effect June 30. They tie a new teacher evaluation system to increased state aid for schools and “passed the Democratic controlled legislature within hours of being made public,” according to reports.
(In a recent blog post “How To Fix Public Education in New York State” Dr. Robert Shaps, the Superintendent of Mamaroneck Public Schools likened the current reform process to a Monty Python movie.)
Friday, “Time out” protests were held before the beginning of the school day at many elementary schools across the State; parents and children were encouraged to sit outside schools in red T-shirts.
But not everyone was thrilled with the protesting in the Mamaroneck District. One mother at Murray Avenue School wrote on theLoop,
I understood that the PTA was supposed to be non-partisan rather than an extension of the teachers union. On this basis also, though I do have some concerns about some of the reforms, I think the action is inappropriate. If the PTA wish to propose something, it should be an after school activity and should not involve the children in any way, shape, or form.
What do you think?
Photos- from Chatsworth Avenue: Carey Federspiel; from Murray Avenue: Melanie Kraut