Thank You for Taking Action

Thank you for your support of the Day of Action letter to the Board of Regents and Commissioner King.

Approximately 12,000 parents, educators and community members signed the letter to call on the Regents and the commissioner to change course in 2014.

But the fight isn't over, and there are more ways to take action.

Take Action: Hold the Regents Accountable


The Letter

OPEN LETTER TO THE STATE BOARD OF REGENTS AND COMMISSIONER KING

We are parents, educators and community members. Across New York state, we are taking action as part of a national movement to reclaim the promise of public education. Underfunding, an undemocratic tax cap, lack of access to public higher education, rushed implementation of new standards and evaluations, an obsession with testing, lack of support for teaching and learning, insufficient staffing and layoffs all jeopardize the promise of public education.

As we look forward to the coming year, we are reflecting on the changes that need to be made and resolve to take action to get it right.

Over the past few months, the Board of Regents has heard the outrage over its reform agenda as well as the right solutions to move us forward. We call on the Regents to commit to these New Year resolutions for 2014 and take action:

  • Implement high standards the right way.
  • Ask the Legislature and governor to increase funding for public schools and colleges, and help all students succeed.
  • Push for a three-year moratorium on high-stakes consequences linked to state standardized tests.
  • Emphasize teaching and learning, not testing and consequences.
  • Listen to the real education stakeholders: parents, educators, students and community members.

We urge you to make these resolutions and stick to them.