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Board Takes Stand On Common Core

Last week, the Glen Cove Board of Education sent a letter to Commissioner John P. King Jr. of the NYS Education Department requesting reassessment of the Common Core implementation schedule and the system of teacher assessments as well as reconsidering the department’s method of student data collection. The board has passed two resolutions—one in December, the second on Jan. 16—as a result of their frustrations over these two issues and has now officially voiced their concerns to the NYSED.

“As an outcome of the new regulations regarding teacher and principal evaluations, coupled with untimely and inappropriate implementation of the Common Core, the Board of Education has recognized the detrimental effect upon not only our children but that of children across the state of New York,” the letter says.

 

The board members note the importance of enhancing students’ learning in the letter, but state that the positive effect of  the curriculum will take time, and that the growing reliance on standardized testing is “eroding student learning time” and impacting the educational system as a whole. Additionally, they state that the manner in which regulations guiding the teacher and principal evaluation system (APPR) is “flawed.”

 

“It is apparent to educators and parents in our community that the current assessment system fails to recognize the diverse student population we serve,” says the letter.

 

The letter also mentions the board members’ concern with the data collection system used by the State Education Department (SED), stating that some of the data is “unneccessary” for placement in vendor data systems like InBloom.

 

“The Board has serious concerns regarding the intrusiveness of the data collection and storage decisions of SED as it relates to the state’s goals for preparing students for career and college readiness,” it says.

 

The topic has been a hot debate among parents and educators in the community, so this is welcome news.

 

“I am grateful and proud to live in a district that is taking a stand against the harmful SED policies affecting our students, teachers and parents,” says Kimberly Velentzas, Glen Cove parent and liaison to Long Island Opt-Out. “The Glen Cove BOE  and Superintendent

Rianna have shown they put our children first.  Once excessive testing and APPR is removed from our schools, they will flourish.”

 

Velentzas noted that the group started a Facebook page called “Glen Cove Parents for Common SENSE Education” to help educate parents on this topic and to share information.  She encourages anyone wanting more info to email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or check out the Facebook page.


News

It was the second annual goal setting workshop at Glen Cove High School on Tuesday, Oct. 14 and both the board of education and the public came up with some sound ideas for the district. School Superintendent Maria Rianna presented a slide show of four main areas that are the focus of district goals.

 

“We began this process last year and these goals are representative of what the community wanted to see,” said Rianna.

Glen Cove residents may see a 1.64 percent increase in the tax levy next year, the amount proposed at last week’s public hearing. Mayor Reginald Spinello and the Glen Cove City Council held an initial reading of the proposed budget for 2015, and will take final vote on Tuesday, Oct. 28, at the next city council meeting.

 

“It’s very easy for a first time mayor to raise the taxes and blame it on a prior administration, and that is not what I am doing,” said Mayor Spinello. “In the past three administrations there were budgets with increases of  almost 28 percent to down to 12 percent, but it’s a different time now...I think that the residents are certainly going to feel relief. I put together a budget...that I believe is fair and reasonable and a good budget.”


Sports

The Town of Oyster Bay, in conjunction with the New York Rangers, will once again host a special Try Hockey for Free Program on Sunday morning, Oct. 26 from 8 a.m. to noon at ithe Ice Skating Center located in Bethpage Community Park, 1000 Stewart Ave. 

 

The event will allow youngsters a unique opportunity to sample the sport of ice hockey. Four morning sessions will be available. Session times are 8 to 9 a.m., 9 to 10 a.m., 10 to 11 a.m. and 11 a.m. to noon.

On Thursday, Oct. 2, North Shore High School quarterback Michael Floccari shattered a school record and tied a Long Island record for the most touchdown passes in a game. This accomplishment ties him with E.J. Clark from Seaford High School (1977) and Joe Capobianco form Lawrence High school (2011). 


Calendar

Harvest Square Dance - October 24

Fall Festival - Octobner 24 - 25

Peace, Politics and Projectiles - October 26


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