Passing 9th Grade Regents Exams

by JAC and Ben's Mom 22. June 2016 08:40
It is expensive for our one income home. It is costly when childhood is fleeting. Next year is more of this test prep classes for Regents and more worry about my kid’s diploma. It’s not a fun roller coaster. I will cross my fingers for more skilled, experienced and kind teachers for him. I will continue to advocate for decoupling all Regents Exams from the graduation requirement so kids that are not good at tests, but are capable and gifted can get a recognizable diploma that allows them to go out in the world and get more education or fulfill their dreams in any way they can imagine.






It is expensive for our one income home. It is costly when childhood is fleeting. Next year is more of this test prep classes for Regents and more worry about my kid’s diploma. It’s not a fun roller coaster. I will cross my fingers for more skilled, experienced and kind teachers for him. I will continue to advocate for decoupling all Regents Exams from the graduation requirement so kids that are not good at tests, but are capable and gifted can get a recognizable diploma that allows them to go out in the world and get more education or fulfill their dreams in any way they can imagine.



It is expensive for our one income home. It is costly when childhood is fleeting. Next year is more of this test prep classes for Regents and more worry about my kid’s diploma. It’s not a fun roller coaster. I will cross my fingers for more skilled, experienced and kind teachers for him. I will continue to advocate for decoupling all Regents Exams from the graduation requirement so kids that are not good at tests, but are capable and gifted can get a recognizable diploma that allows them to go out in the world and get more education or fulfill their dreams in any way they can imagine.




It is expensive for our one income home. It is costly when childhood is fleeting. Next year is more of this test prep classes for Regents and more worry about my kid’s diploma. It’s not a fun roller coaster. I will cross my fingers for more skilled, experienced and kind teachers for him. I will continue to advocate for decoupling all Regents Exams from the graduation requirement so kids that are not good at tests, but are capable and gifted can get a recognizable diploma that allows them to go out in the world and get more education or fulfill their dreams in any way they can imagine.











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My Goal & Agenda

by JAC and Ben's Mom 14. October 2015 06:47
I will continue to support my children's teachers as individuals and I believe in the quality teaching that goes on in our schools. I will continue to support anything that is good for our children, wither it be curriculum or programs as long as it puts kid’s first and supports authentic teaching to the whole child as an individual, not one size fits all. I will speak out against anything that discriminates against the special needs of individuals and my children's teachers’ ability to teach creatively and assess my children using their own skills and experience. I will not support anything, person or program that undermines my authority as a parent. [More]

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Dismantling Public Ed, How will YOU Participate?

by JAC and Ben's Mom 6. February 2015 09:00
First came the attack on students with abusive high stake tests and developmentally inappropriate curriculum, then came the attack on teachers and Cuomo's proposal to use 50% of the test scores to rate teachers and bring flyby outsiders to observe them causing a test centered learning environment and then the promise of the denial of funding resulting in the cutting of staff, programs and the lack of materials. Next up power will be the BOE. Who needs them anyway? Half the time they do what they want and do not listen to the community any way. As FED and SED strip away local control over Special Education and School Boards and Administration......will you go along with it? The plan is to send our best teachers to the neighboring not so great district and send their not so great teachers to us....so it all evens out...this is what your tax dollar is going to pay for....one size fits all, all the same...but we will still pay the high taxes...we just won't have the great school to show for it anymore because a lot of people thought it best to go along and be quiet....really it is just a test, what's the big deal? Even if it is not effecting your kid today, it is hurting many others in this school district, around the state and country. All eyes are on NY. If we fall, the rest follow. The only way to stop the dismantling of public education and stop this invasion of charter schools and the private sector marketing from profiting from our children and devaluing our teachers is to stop giving their machine what it feeds on. Data. It feeds on data. Refuse the tests. Stand up for your kid. If not for yours, stand up for mine. This is hurting MY kid and these reforms are a roadblock to the future of his and many other kids who learn differently or at a different pace. Stand up for your child's teachers. These standards, this curriculum, these reforms are sucking the joy out of teaching and does not allow teachers to use their own skills and experience to teach creatively and to the individual needs of the students. Teach to the test and one size fits all is not teaching and engaging our kids to be life long learners and valuable participants in society. Out best educators are leaving the profession because the job no longer allows them to make the difference they hoped to make. Stand up for your school. The goal of dismantling public schools through high stake testing is to fire teachers and close schools. How will you participate? What role will you play? Will you stand on the side lines? Or will you fight? 

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