2014 | Press Releases

State Test Refusals are Exploding as Parents Discover Legislature Brings No Relief

Despite the ineffective attempt by the State Legislature and the Governor to defuse parent anger by falsely claiming that the budget bill will cause a “pause” in the implementation of the Common Core, growing numbers of parents throughout the State will have their children refuse the NY State exams, which begin on April 1st.  Thousands have already submitted letters to the

2014 | Press Releases

New Yorkers Moved the Needle on the Board of Regents Vote & Process, but Not Enough

The leaders of the NYS Allies for Public Education (NYSAPE), a coalition of more than 45 parent and educator groups throughout the state, are dissatisfied that despite the nearly universal criticism of the Regents Reform agenda, three of the four incumbents were re-appointed by the legislature.  Although there was strong pushback by those who either voted no, or voted for another candidate, the status quo has prevailed.   High stakes testing, data privacy, and the lack of scrutiny of the

2014 | Press Releases

NYS Assembly Bill to Rein in “Regents’ Education Reform Agenda” is a Starting Point, but Not Nearly Enough: Incumbent Regents Must Not be Reappointed

The leaders of the NYS Allies for Public Education (NYSAPE), a coalition of more than 45 parent and educator groups from throughout the state, acknowledge that the passage of Assembly bill A8929  http://assembly.state.ny.us/leg/?bn=A08929&term=2013  is a step in the right direction, but we urge the Senate

2014 | Press Releases

School Policies Regarding Test Refusals in Some NYS Districts Equate to Corporal Punishment for Students

The leaders of the NYS Allies for Public Education (NYSAPE), a coalition of more than 45 parent and educator groups from throughout the state, expressed that a significant number of parents in NYS may file formal “bullying and harassment” reports against a small number of school districts that may enforce policies which force innocent children to sit in silence for long

2014 | Press Releases

School Policies Regarding Test Refusals in Some NYS Districts Equate to Corporal Punishment for Students

The leaders of the NYS Allies for Public Education (NYSAPE), a coalition of more than 45 parent and educator groups from throughout the state, expressed that a significant number of parents in NYS may file formal “bullying and harassment” reports against a small number of school districts that may enforce policies which force innocent children to sit in silence for long

2014 | Press Releases

NYSAPE Calls for End to Verbal Refusal Policies

NYSAPE encourages school districts to handle student test refusals in a developmentally appropriate and humane manner that safeguards student dignity while respecting parental rights. To that end, NYSAPE applauds the recent efforts of many districts to revise their “sit and stare” policies. However, parents continue to express concern that some districts will require students to verbally refuse the tests