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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Giving credit- where credit is due. Kudos to former Hamburg Central School District Superintendent Mark Crawford and Buffalo Federation of Teachers President Phil Rumore


On December 9, 2013 citizenry across America wore blue and voiced their opposition to Common Core Standards, excessive testing and the manipulation and marketing of student data.  

Local news featured two Western New York education personalities: former Hamburg Superintendent Mark Crawford, and Buffalo Teachers' Federation President (BFT) Phil Rumore.   On most days these two celebrities of the local public school community would likely be seated on opposite sides of the table.  But on the National Day of Action, Crawford, a seasoned and well respected school administrator,  and Rumore,  a testament to all that is right, and wrong, with teachers unions,  were both standing squarely on the same side of the aisle.   Both of these local leaders joined in on the national campaign against Common Core  Standards,  and the NYS Commissioner of Education's excessive emphasis on testing.  

Rumore a true "beer and peanuts" union man sporting a blue BTF cap staged a respectful protest in front of the home of local resident, Robert Bennett, Chancellor Emeritus of the NYS Board of Regents.   Crawford donned the classic power blue button down accompanied by a standard blue rep tie in a show of support for the "I'll Wear Blue" campaign.  Crawford spoke out squarely against excessive student testing at a conference held in West Seneca.  

Rumore and Crawford, two men who have walked different paths in school leadership stood together on the important issues of curriculum, testing and what is good for our children and our society. Citizenry across America wore blue to support a moratorium on Common Core Standards. 

KUDOS, DR. CRAWFORD and MR. RUMORE FOR STANDING UP!
(Mark Crawford: Hamburg has an opening for a Superintendent, perhaps you might like to reconsider?) 

So, while national, state and local educators, families, and communities were standing strong, in blue, against the destruction of public education, Concerned Hamburger wondered, where does Hamburg stand?

It seems that the Hamburg community has been shamefully silent on the issues illuminated on the National Day of Action.    Recently, many Hamburg community members, like Mr. Ed Piazza have staged "community meetings" in an feigned effort to make schooling better for the kids of Hamburg.  But it seems after several "community meetings" Piazza's cabal has done noting to advance the issues of education,  but rather has mixed a dangerously destructive poison.

Where is this group of community members on the important issues of Common Core, excessive testing,  and the marketing and selling of their child's data?    The Hamburg community missed an opportunity to stand tall on December 9th and make a strong public statement on the real issues in public education.  It seems that the calibre of  person, that is embodied in  Dr. Mark Crawford is far better suited for a community like West Seneca, that recognizes the real issues in public education, and not the imaginary ones trumped up by vengeful local attorneys and others, like Piazza, with personal agendas.  

Moreover, where was local Hamburg citizen and Erie One BOCES Superintendent, Mr. Donald Ogilve on the National Day of Action?   Surely a man like Mr. Ogilve who has had his hand in local and state education for decades would have an opinion on the implementation of Common Core.   

Shame on Hamburg for missing a real opportunity to change public education.  





17 comments:

Anonymous said...

Kudos Concerned

for this post. We need to focus on the real issues of the school district. Thank you Parents

Anonymous said...

What does the above comment by Anonymous 4:23 am have to do with this blog post? Why post it?

Anonymous said...

I am all for this kind of action. We need to stand together for something that is positive for our kids. The focus on what is good about our school has been directed away by detractors. I went to last nights meeting and it was my first and was impressed at all the positive. Positive ideas from the school board members and what they are working on and all the awards our kids received as well as their teacher. Especially the Health Science Academy that is being created. These are the good things not the negative. We need to focus on common core and the positive of our school district. Those detractors are hurting our education here in Hamburg.

Parents

Race to top/Race to nowhere said...

we should be talking about this RACE TO THE TOP APPR and everything related to this topic. We need to be informed, active and vocal. My special needs child is demoralized by the excessive testing. The same questions are asked of him as every other child. My child processes things differently. These tests will not ever benefit my child and many other children with IEP's. Our children come home after these tests feeling stupid, confused, demoralized and depressed. Is this our goal to destroy their self esteem? We need to petition our State Education Commission along with our school officials to make changes for our special needs students. Race to no where.

Anonymous said...

I am a teacher in Hamburg and I just heard about the community meeting at the Hamburg Methodist Church last week. I am ashamed of the people I work with, don' t they have something else to do with their time? I heard about what the DASA Coordinator said, and holy crap, I can say that she worked in my building and we were glad that she left. She used the word "devil" and that is probably the truth. People will wake up to that one soon enough, I just hope they dont make her come back to the Middle School.

“There is no peace,” says the Lord, “for the wicked.”

Anonymous said...

In response to the article (which is what the blog is for)...if you were in any of the Hamburg schools on Monday you would have seen most teachers dressed in blue taking a stand against the Common Core. We were just as much a part of the move as many other schools. Apparently, you are spending your time look for trash to make up instead of being in the schools where great things are happening with students, staff, and administration.

Guidance said...

AD who spoke at the Board Meeting last evening has been a pimple on the ass of the Hamburg School District for decades. Talk about harassing teachers, that lady would go after anyone she did not agree with. Her kids were wild and out of control. She is commonly referred to with some very spicy adjectives from the teachers in Hamburg from k-12. Her last kid, a nice kid, left HHS years ago. Go bully someone else lady. Leave our schools along, we were all very happy when the last of your brood went to college.

Anonymous said...

enormous job thank you,

not enough wearing blue in Hamburg. This is the biggest issue to hit education in decades. This is a negative program that only benefits financially the private testing companies . Our students and our own children's date may be shared in ways we have no way of knowing. How it will be used or how it could hinder our kids we have yet to determine. Huge financial drain away from our classrooms. Yes some of us wore blue but not enough.

Anonymous said...

Thank you concerned for redirecting the negative in this school district right now created by self serving lawyers. We were approached and sucked in until we attended the meeting last night. We witnessed a school board that is trying and 2 detractors both lawyers. Sorry we are part of the UPES community and have kids in the middle and high school we witnessed & know all the good that is happening in those 3 buildings. Dedicated teachers, principals, administrators and SCHOOL board. This is not accomplished in a vacuum. Thank you school officials.

Anonymous said...

We need Mark Crawford back. He has a spine and he cares and is from our Hamburg area.

Anonymous said...

Check out the photo of Hamburg Teachers wearing blue on the NYSUT website! Concerned Hamburger is not doing their homework before posting! Also interesting to me...wondering if the lead blogger realizes 2 former HTA leaders... Who I am sure you are acquainted with... are most likely responsible for chasing the wonderful Dr. Crawford away!! The negativity that oozes off this blog was sadly how the teachers were represented a few years ago! The leaders at that time seemed to believe only conflict and confrontation could get things done! The , "bus," has taken a new turn...give it up with all the insults and negativity! If you're paying attention you'd realize the teachers, administration, and community are working together and we want some BIG changes for our school and our students! We will make those positive changes happen!

Just Saying said...

Well apparently Rick's Energy Bus can't make it up and down the hills of Boston. So, positive HTA, what are you going to do about your teachers who got a day off today in Boston but the others in other schools had to report to work? Maybe those Boston teaachers should have gone to school. Parents in Boston, its optional to send your kids to school if they are in attendance at HMS and HHS. Rick, kids from Boston Valley do not wear signs around their necks saying, "hey I am from Boston Valley". So, how are staff at HMS supposed to know who is who?? Besides isnt Boston Valley already the lowest performing school in the entire southtowns? This dumb ass plan leaves them one day behind the other kids in HMS and HHS. What a stupid move from an interim superintendent who would have trouble effectively running student government.

Anonymous said...

Concerned thank you, for raising this issues. If something is negative then it needs to be addressed. This is a positive and the hate that is in this district is destructive. I am wearing blue. I will not attend any more of those vengeful sessions. We need to move on. RTTT is failing our kids and it benefits the profits of private companies and campaign coffers of our elected officials.

appr sucks for education said...

anonymous 12/11 10:01 pm

there has been negative and there has been positive. It is democracy, some posts I love and some not interested in, just deal with the two, you obviously had the opportunity to voice your opinion as well as myself and others. This is what free speech and free press is all about. Democracy is fading as we are witnessing, especially in education, watch how this appr can affect great educators and then eventually it will be you. We need to stand together on APPR.

Anonymous said...

The comments like the one made by "Just saying" is why this district is so messed up. Stupid people saying stupid things.

Hamburg kids left out in the cold. said...

Hamburg makes the NEWS again- Jetter forgot to call the Boston Valley parents and the kids were left out in the COLD!! What do you expect from a guy who doesnt know how to do his job. That guy is gonna cost this district so much money they will have to do a bake sale every day of the year. Lets look at the looming lawsuit from the BOSTON VALLEY PARENT, that alone will send the taxpayer into bankrupcy. The teachers and staff at BVS tolerated the reckless bullying of a young boy, some teachers turned a blind eye, the same that laughed when their colleague the music teacher was beaten by a parent. Remember that one girls, some of you BVS Teachers who are still around since the late 90s laughed when a teacher was beaten. SICKOS.

Anonymous said...

Mark Crawford was vilified on this blog for years with all sorts of claims of dishonesty and incompetence. Now, simply by putting on a blue cap and joining Phil Rumore Mark is a HERO! Maybe Jetter or any new Supt. should learn that this is all it takes to be successful in Hamburg.