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Are you concerned about the obsessive amount of testing your child is enduring? Are you worried that your child’s teacher is spending more time on test preparation and grading than actually teaching your child? Are you worried that your school’s budget is gutted? Are you saddened by the loss of extracurricular experiences for your child?

Are you concerned that your child’s confidential information is going to be exposed by “inBloom”? Are you worried that corporate money is trying to influence and determine your child’s education for their own political and financial agenda? This isn’t a science fiction plot for a new movie about turning children into robots; this is the sad reality of our education system.

On June 8, there will be a rally in Albany from noon until 3 p.m. at the Capitol. It is imperative that your voice be heard. If you can get out there and rally for guns, then surely you can do it for your children. Talk to them and listen to their stories of overtesting and feelings of depression because they couldn’t finish the tests due to their inappropriate age content.

In one local district, a third grader’s response was “Please, dear Jesus, help me on this test because I don’t know what I am doing.” In several districts, kids just cried and gave up. Did you know that next year’s junior class will take an English Regents and a Common Core exam? Is this the education system you want for your children? Listen to your districts as they discuss how they are trying to survive on bare-bones budgets. Listen to your teachers, who are still trying to do what is right for your children while following ridiculous mandates.

Margaret Mead said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” If you can’t make it to Albany, then call, fax or email your political representatives. Please do it for your schools, your communities and your children. It is your turn to step forward. Never has there been a more critical time to get involved and become well versed on what New York state is requiring. Contact your district’s local teachers union for more information. See you in Albany!

Lori Atkinson-Griffin

Lowville

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