Concerned was contacted by a citizen and parent who attended the Hamburg Bored of Education budget workshop on April 9, 2013.
This parent's anger came through loud and clear.
First, the parent was appalled at the detailed discussion of special education placements.
In particular, they were troubled that BOE Member Patty Brunner Collins who has been on the Bored for more than a 1/2 of a decade seemed surprised by the placements.
As someone who has been on the Bored for many years, one would think Pom Pom would have a handle on where the kids in Hamburg attend school.
But another view might suggest that Patty Brunner Collins and her old cronies on the Bored are "clueless" and have been clueless for many years, and as result Hamburg finds itself in a dire situation on many levels.
" Patty, do you have a clue?
Or do you simply go blindly down the road?
Wake Up Patty, you have a responsibility. "
This parent further addressed the issue of New York State testing.
Concerned was informed that BOE member Sally Stephenson asked questions regarding state testing in grades 3-8, and what happens if a parent elects to "opt" their child out of testing.
New York State testing of children grades 3-8 will begin next week.
The test schedule per the Hamburg School District home page is as follows:
Here is a link to the WGRZ report, and a sample transcript of the interview (in blue).
Commissioner John King: "The assessments are an opportunity for again, parents, for teachers, for schools to know how students are doing as they progress towards college and careers. As a why wouldn't you want to know how your child is doing and whether or not they're on track for college and career success, whether their reading and math skills reflect a path that will take them to college and career success."
But what happens if a parent keeps their child from taking the test?
A spokesman for the State Education Department, Dennis Tompkins said "Parents who keep their children from these tests are essentially saying 'I don't want to know where my child stands, in objective terms, on the pat to college and career readiness' and we think that's doing them a real disservice."
In terms of any consequences for children who don't take the tests, the state says that would be up to the local school district to determine.