While much of the Senate buzz has been about Majority Leader Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre) and federal prosecutors, that’s not what the rank-and-file Republicans were wringing their hands about during an especially lengthy closed-door conference last Wednesday.
It was the fallout from teacher evaluations and standardized testing.
Republicans spent more than two hours discussing the spike in students’ boycotting, or “opting out” of standardized tests last week, and the heat some politicians are getting for approving a bill that more closely ties teachers’ evaluations to students’ test scores. Senators are kicking around ideas to address the issue.
It's about time these Albany politicians feel a little over anxiety over education policy.
Keep the pressure on - keep making the calls, sending the emails, visiting their offices, talking to them at events - and let them know what was done in the budget was untenable and if it is not undone soon, you will take it out on them in the next election and make sure your family and friends do the same.
They're listening - especially when you let them know how many people you intend to influence to vote AGAINST them because of their support for ed deform.