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Find out what happens in your child’s classroom

Editor:

Elementary and middle school students in Springville and across New York just finished six days of mandated English language arts and math testing, with additional testing still to come. Talk of testing is suddenly everywhere. What are these assessments? Why are some kids refusing to take the tests? Who writes these tests and why are they harder, this year? What is the cost of these assessments? Questions and commentary are swirling. And, as it is school budget season, there is chatter about state aid, tax caps and unfunded mandates.

In a lot of ways, it’s refreshing to see that education is front-page news. Our childrens’ futures are at stake, as are the growth and well-being of our community. Now is the perfect time to come together, as a community, and discuss what is happening in our kids’ classrooms. We don’t have all the answers, but we’re confident that if concerned parents, community leaders, teachers and students come together, we can figure out how best to advocate, on behalf of our schools.

We launched www.SGIMatters.com a few months ago, as a resource for community information and an outlet for opinions and advocacy efforts.

On May 8 at 7 p.m. we are holding our first education advocacy event, with a theme of “What has happened to your kid’s classroom and what can you do about it?” S-GI Board of Education candidate Allison Duwe will serve as the event’s moderator.

A panel of speakers will present information related to school funding, testing and, most importantly, on ways we can all take action, in support of our schools and students.

Find out more about the event and how you can get involved by visiting www.sgimatters.com or calling 472-9831. Join us on Wednesday, May 8 at the Boys and Girls Club of Springville. Childcare will be available.

Julie Francisco and
Kara Kane
SGIMatters.com
Coordinators
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