A group of parents concerned about the Board of Regents standardized testing program called on the board to meet with them.
Dennis Tompkins, a spokesman for the State Education Department, said people are welcome to show up during the 20 SED meetings scheduled statewide to address concerns and take comments. The fourth session is Thursday evening in the Rochester area. At least one regent is attending each meeting, he said.
This response from SED is a joke.
They are controlling access to the commissioner and the attending regent at these meetings (see here for that), so the chances of a member of the public getting a chance to voice his/her concerns to a regent in person are negligible at best.
And in any case, the parents are asking to meet with the Board of Regents as a whole, not one regent in a parking lot as everyone heads for their cars after a Common Core town hall.
A commenter on this story puts the whole thing in perspective:
SED just doesn’t get it. The Board, not one, but all of them should give the public access as a collective body in a Q&A type forum. But nope they won’t do it, they are all smarter than us, they all know better. Its absolute and complete unaccountability representing almost 1/3 of our budget. So what Senator and “DEMOCRATIC” assembly-member is going to put in the constitutional amendment to abolish the board of regents and put SED under the executive branch, where it belongs? Not a single one. This debacle is all on Speaker Silver, he hand selected every single one of these regents. He has been supporting SED for every single one of his 20 years in power. Now we have a hand selected young, inexperienced, arrogant man running one of the largest state agencies in the state, who doesn’t even have the credentials to be a superintendent of a small school district and has zero credibility. This is just a nightmare no matter how you look at it.
That's it - Shelly Silver is responsible for all these regents who are imposing their corporate education reform agenda upon the state even as the revolt over that agenda grows and grows.
If we want to to put an end to that corporate reform agenda imposition, Shelly Silver and the Assembly members are the people to target with protests, letters, emails and calls.
Same goes for Governor Cuomo and politicians in both parties in the State Senate.
While the governor does not pick members of the Board of Regents or the SED commissioner,he certainly has great influence in state education policy.
The functionaries at SED and their bosses at the Board of Regents are not going to listen to students, parents, teachers or administrators complaining about the Common Core curriculum, the implementation of the Core, the "suggested" SED modules aligned to the Core, the Common Core tests, the teacher evaluation system tied to the test scores, or the data project handing over sensitive and personal student information to Rupert Murdoch and Bill Gates.
We have to make Shelly Silver and the Assembly Dems, Dean Skelos and the Senate Republicans, Jeff Klein and the Senate Democrats, and Governor Cuomo know that there will be expensive political prices to be paid if they continue to ignore the will of the people in these matters.