2018 | Action Alerts

As Parents & Educators, we MUST Demand that the Board of Regents and NYS Education Department give back the misguided “grant” from the Gates Foundation and instead listen to the voices of parents and other stakeholders.

Last month, NY Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia asked the Board of Regents to approve a new $225,000 grant from the Gates Foundation for enhanced communication efforts around the standards, testing and data collection —  to convince parents that State Ed is on the right track in all these areas. The Board voted 14 – 2 to approve this grant, with only Regents Cashin and Ouderkirk voting no and Regent Johnson was absent.

2019 | Action Alerts

Write your Legislators to sign onto the OPT-OUT bill

TAKE ACTION NOW by supporting Senator Jackson and Assemblyman Epstein by getting your own NYS Senator and Assembly Member to show their support by signing onto the proposed legislation as a co-sponsor. This is the opportunity we’ve been waiting for years and there is no time to lose. Senate bill S5394 and Assembly bill A7744. Families HAVE THE RIGHT TO…

2017 | Action Alerts

Public Comment – Local Expansion of Diploma Options for Students with Disabilities

NYS Allies for Public Education strongly supports the December 2017 Emergency Regulation adopted by the Board of Regents in December which allows a “Superintendent Determination” for graduation with a local diploma for students with disabilities.While the emergency regulation has some language for the new “Superintendent Determination” to be retroactive, we strongly recommend this diploma option…

2017 | Action Alerts

New Yorkers Call on the Board of Regents to Remove Commissioner MaryEllen Elia for Failure to Protect Children

For the past five years, hundreds of thousands of parents, from every corner of New York State, have called for meaningful changes to our damaging test-and-punish accountability system, resulting in the largest opt out movement in the nation. When MaryEllen Elia replaced embattled former Commissioner John King as NYS Education Commissioner two years ago, New…

2017 | Action Alerts

Take action to support our otl in New York’s ESSA plan

Dear Allies
Please Take Actionby URGING Commissioner MaryEllen Elia and the Board of Regents to include our Opportunity to Learn Index as the school quality indicator in the new state Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) accountability system. ESSA requires states to rate schools on academic factors such as test scores and graduation rates, but also to include a nonacademic school quality, or student success factor, of their choice in the system. Please TAKE ACTION HERE.

2016 | Action Alerts

Send a Letter to Your Assembly members and Senators to Pass Smart Legislation to Repair Public Education

Please Click Here to Send a Letter to Your Assembly members and Senators to Pass Smart Legislation to Repair Public Education  In summary here is what the five legislative bills say: A09626 – Immediately decouple teacher evaluations from test results and direct the Board of Regents to establish a committee to research and develop an alternate, research-based method for…

2017 | Action Alerts

Time to refuse all field tests

We are calling on parents to contact their district TODAY and request that their school districts RETURN the 2016 grade 3-8 stand-alone field tests to the NYS Education Department (NYSED) and at a minimum, parents should complete and submit this refusal letter on behalf of their children.  Here’s the list of schools being field tested this year: http://www.p12.nysed.gov/assessment/fieldtest/2016fteirev2.xls

Action Alerts

TAKE ACTION – Make YOUR Voice HEARD – Complete NYSED ESSA Survey, Attend a Regional Mtg & Support Quality Indicators

Dear Allies,In December of 2015, President Obama signed into law the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) which requires that states develop a new accountability system for their schools. This new law mandates that schools be rated mostly on academic factors, including test scores and graduation rates. It ALSO allows the inclusion of a non-academic factor…

2015 | Action Alerts

List of NYS School Districts with SCHOOL BOARD adopted Resolutions ​Against HIGH STAKES Standardized Testing

Albany Aalden   Averill Park Baldwinsville Bath Bedford Bellmore/merrick Bethlehem Blind Brook Briarcliff Manor Byram Hills Candor Central Islip Central Square Chappaqua Central Churchville-Chili (letter to NYSED) Commack Comsewogue Connetquot Cortland Enlarged City School District Croton-Harmon Deer Park District/CEC 3 – Manhattan Districts/CEC 14, 20 and 21- Brooklyn District/CEC 30- Queens East Greenbush East Islip Eastport South…