Month: August 2013

A Few Links to Check Out

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has a group of people (also see here) whose job is to dig up dirt on Diane Ravitch (a friend of ours) and discredit her. One of the best bloggers around, Reality-Based Educator, who we have linked to many times, gives us a shout out! The Port Jefferson Patch’s article on Saturday’s rally. …

#SNSRally Going Forward

An estimated 2,000 people converged on Comsewogue High School yesterday to tell the powers that be what they should do with the Common Core State Standards.  The crowd, a mixture of teachers, administrators, parents, students, and other concerned citizens turned out despite only having a week to organize the rally. Speaking at the rally were …

The PJSTA Agenda

The PJSTA has been ahead of the curve regarding the testing issue, as is evident by the fact that every PJSTA member was given a PJSTA shirt in April with the message, ” Our students are worth more than a test score”.  It’s gratifying to see that the “stop the testing” work Rella and I …

Notes on the “Students, Not Scores!” Rally

Just a reminder, not that you should need it, that tomorrow is the “Students, Not Scores!” rally that grew out of Dr. Rella’s letters following the release of the NYS Common Core test scores.  The rally begins at 12:00 and is at Comsewogue High School.  There is an enormous crowd expected, so carpool, arrive early, …

Don’t Stop Until King is Fired!

Yesterday Diane Ravitch called for the resignation of New York State’s Education Commissioner John King.  Assemblyman Steve Englebright agreed.  Ravitch encouraged us to contact the New York State Board of Regents and encourage them to call for King’s resignation.  On Long Island our representative is Regent Tilles.  The chancellor of the board is Merryl Tisch. …

Everyone thinks John King should resign!… and other assorted notes

Our friend Diane Ravitch today called for the resignation of New York State Education Commissioner John King.  Citing the harm King has done to children and educators, Ravitch is calling on all concerned parents, educators, and citizens of New York State to contact the New York State Board of Regents to demand the resignation of John …

An Interview with Dr. Joseph Rella

We were fortunate enough to grab a few thoughts from Dr. Rella on his recent celebrity, his interaction with our elected officials, mainstream media’s creative filtering, and most importantly, what we can do to continue to stand up for public education. PJSTA: You obviously couldn’t have imagined that your letter to elected officials would go …

Local Pols Too Busy for Saturday’s Rally

We learned today that neither John Flanagan nor Ken Lavalle will be attending Saturday’s rally. The rally came about after Dr. Rella’s letter to elected officials, including New York State Senators Flanagan and Lavalle, was picked up by local residents supporting public education. Perhaps Senator Flanagan was told by ALEC not to attend? A representative …

Dick Ianuzzi to Appear at Saturday’s Rally

We received word late this afternoon that NYSUT President Dick Ianuzzi will attend and speak at Saturday’s “Students, not Scores!” rally at Comsewogue High School.  Ianuzzi will be joined by Comsewogue School District Superintendent Joe Rella, New York State Assemblyman Steven Englebright, and a host of others. “This is about raising our collective voice for …

KYF- Diane Ravitch

As mentioned a few weeks ago, thepjsta.org would soon be debuting two new series on our blog.  Today we bring you the first installment of our series “Know Your Friends” (KYF).  In this series we will highlight individuals and groups who are friends of public education. Any list highlighting the friends of public education must …