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.