Join us THIS SATURDAY to #ProtectOurSchools!

Time is critical:  Governor Cuomo is threatening to withhold state funds for DOE – public schools and funded Afterschool programs in order to force through is policies of more charter schools and more threats to our teachers!
We have until April 1 – when the Governor and state Legislature must pass the budget-  to let them know that NYC public school parents do not agree with his priorities and tactics of punishing kids and teachers!
EVCS families, meet up across the street on the SW corner of Third Ave and 41st St at noon. We will gather there, then cross the street to join the demonstration in front of the governor’s office! If you come late, just find us!
Also, bring signs and noisemakers!

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#SaveNYC

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Dear Parents,

Day after day, NYC is losing its small businesses. They are being priced out, chased out, and gentrified out of places where they’ve been for DECADES.  We are seeing it happen all over the EV and LES.  The unique cultural fabric of the city is being destroyed, replaced with bland national chains.  Right now there is a bill called the SMALL BUSINESS JOBS SURVIVAL ACT just sitting there waiting to be voted on.  This bill has been in the Council since 1984, was supposed to come up for a vote and Christine Quinn killed it and it had to be reintroduced this past June.

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Tompkins Square Middle School PTA and The Earth School PA Invite ALL

Screening of “RISE ABOVE THE MARK”
Thursday March 19 5:30-7pm Auditorium (600 E 6th St)

Hear why Earth School parent and author Todd Farley (Making the Grades: My Misadventures in the Standardized Testing Industry) won’t allow his kids to take the tests and doesn’t believe yours should either.
on Tuesday March 24 5:30-7pm Auditorium (600 E 6th St)

The Community Education Council District 1 Invites you to a Panel on Accountability, high Stakes Tests and the current status of Education Policies
Wednesday March 25 6:00-7:30pm PS 20

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EVCS Teachers Stand Together!

uftAs you may have heard, public school teachers across the city are standing together against Governor Cuomo’s recent education proposals. Please take the time to read this letter from the teachers below.

Dear EVCS Families,

As you may know, EVCS is under attack by Governor Cuomo. However, he is not targeting just EVCS. Every single teacher, parent, and student in New York State is in his crosshairs. We must fight back.

We recognize that our EVCS community is exceptional, and want to do everything we can to make sure it remains a great place to teach and learn. We believe these proposals are unjust, and will ultimately hurt our school. He not only asked for unjust changes in education, he threatened to withhold state funding if these changes are not agreed upon. Governor Cuomo is proposing a number of “reforms” that will damage our schools, our children and our livelihoods as teachers.

Some of his proposed “reforms” include:

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Our Schools, Our Voices

The first part of the program is a discussion with the panelists that is moderated by the Public Advocate. The second half of the program is a town hall style question & answer period.  The audience is encouraged to put forth their suggestions and questions for the panelists and Public Advocate.  Their thoughts will be collected and assembled into a citywide report from our office.

Thanks,
Laura
Laura Atlas
Deputy Director, Outreach
NYC Public Advocate
Letitia “Tish” James
Office Number: 212-669-2179
Cell Number: 646-592-0490

Interesting Read: Why Are American Schools Obsessed With Turning Kids Into Robots?

Brought to you by Jen Nessel, Chair of Community Action Committee 

Standardized tests aren’t the only way of measuring intelligence.

Feb 2 2015, 9:21 AM ET

Anya Kamenetz is very clear when she says she didn’t set out to write about standardized testing. A 2014 New America fellow and lead education blogger at National Public Radio, she had already written two books about the future of education and wanted her next project to be about innovations in K-12 education. But as she began researching her new book, The Test: Why Our Schools are Obsessed with Standardized Testing—But You Don’t Have to Be, she found something surprising: Innovations weren’t at the center of the story for K-12. At best, they were at the margins, always seemed difficult to incorporate. Why? Because of a social and political obsession with standardized testing in America. In order to write accurately about improving K-12 education, she had to write about what she calls “the gorilla in the room.”

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CEC D1 – PRESS CONFERENCE & PUBLIC FORUM STILL ON!

JOIN US TONIGHT AT 5PM FOR A PRESS CONFERENCE FOLLOWED BY A PUBLIC FORUM!!!

PS 20 Anna Silver

166 Essex Street


In yet another unaccountable scenario, the DoE has made a move to cancel the public hearing against Success Academy with less than 24 notice.

Given how hard we had to push to obtain this hearing, given the way the switch from D2 to D1 was approved on tape at the Trustee
meeting in October, given how the wrong notice of approval was posted on the SUNY CSI website, given how the D1 community has
had no opportunity for input on the proposal or the school that will impact our community, this last minute cancellation adds to a
narrative of complete disregard and utter lack of respect for the entire community.

DISTRICT ONE WILL NOT STAND FOR THIS UTTER LACK OF RESPECT AND DUE PROCESS. JOIN US AND MAKE YOUR VOICES HEARD!

Community Education Council for District 1 (CEC1)
2013-2015 Members:
Lisa Donlan/Arnette Scott/Daniel Becker
Moses Seuram/Marco Battistella/Latesha Moore
Olivia Rychter/Fatima Baba/Luke Henry
Stephanie Thompson
PS 20 Anna Silver School
166 Essex Street
New York, NY 10002
Cec1@schools.nyc.gov
(212)353-2946 (p)
(212)353-2945 (f)
http://cecd1.org/

PUBLIC HEARING ON SUCCESS ACADEMY

From EVCS Community Action Committee:
PUBLIC HEARING ON SUCCESS ACADEMY’S SWITCH TO D1 IS THIS THURSDAY (1/8) at PS 20 ANNA SILVER!
We have almost 2300 signatures on our petition with more coming in.
Now we need to stand strong and turn out for the hearing to let SACS, SUNY, and the DoE know that District One is strong, District One is united, and District One says NO THANKS!
Public speaker sign in starts at 5:30. Hearing begins at 6pm.

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