Hamburg teachers, staff and parents are having another rally. Hopefully, this one will turn out better than the one last May in support of Richard Edward Jetter and his faux fender bender. The rally will be held Wednesday March 11, 2015 from 5- 6 p.m. at Hamburg High School 4111 Legion Drive Hamburg, N.Y..
At this rally, the Hamburg school community is taking on "the man" in Albany, Governor Andrew Cuomo. It is no secret that Governor Cuomo is playing a game of cat and mouse with students, teachers and school district funding. Sadly, Andrew has lost sight of his upbringing. The very womb from which he was birthed belongs to his lovely mother- a St. Johns University Teachers College graduate and former elementary school teacher. Andrew, perhaps you should pick up the telly and ring your mum and ask her what she thinks of your attack on her profession?
Good luck with the rally Hamburg. Its a good start. But, what you need is real action. Sitting on your own Board of Education is at least one board member, who actively supports Cuomo's attempts at public school reform. Mr. Thomas Flynn is a misanthrope. He detests unions ( of all shapes and sizes), tenure and teachers. Mr. Flynn has made public remarks in support of Cuomo's attempted tenure grab, and you might recall his public temper tantrum when the Hamburg teachers did a collective thumbs down to APPR. Flynn said publicly after approximately 75% of the teachers said "no" to APPR, "shame on the HTA- Hamburg Teachers Association.". Perhaps the rally-goers need to call-out Mr. Flynn's real motives for sitting on a school board.
Hamburg teachers and staff should consider joining forces with Kenmore -Town of Tonawanda School Board President Bob Dana. Mr. Dana proposes that Ken-Ton stop using test scores in teacher evaluations and stop administering tests in grades 3-8. Mr. Dana, a former teacher, calls his proposal to push back the Guv'nor an act of "civil disobedience". Only time will tell if Mr. Dana's radical ideas will materialize. It seems that if other districts, like Hamburg, glom on to the no test- no evaluation Dana train, Andrew will sit up and take notice of the locomotive of activism heading toward his Eagle Street mansion.
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