Monday, April 20, 2015

We All Want to do What is Right for Our Children

As we enter into another week of NYS Assessments, NYS PTA acknowledges the significant increase in refusals that occurred this past week with the ELA Assessments as many parents chose to have their students not participate. It is anticipated that this trend will continue with the math assessments this week as parents express their right to decide what is in the best interest of their child.

We all want to do what is right for our children, their teachers and their schools. However, that means different things to different people. Every student and family is unique. As families make these decisions, we urge everyone to respect all parents and students whether they choose to take or refuse the test. Everyone should be treated equally in a respectful manner no matter what that decision is. 

In the next few weeks NYS PTA will be publishing a statement about “What’s next for education in New York?”  It will discuss what direction we will urge the decision makers to take around many hot topics affecting the ability of all children in New York to receive an equitable and excellent education. 


Bonnie M. Russell
NYS PTA® President
Communicate to Advocate!