Senator LaValle Plans to Screen Questions Before Common Core Meeting – Update

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Update: 11/27/13: There were no limits placed on free speech during the meeting. There was overwhelming opposition to Common Core. State Senator Ken LaValle (R-Port Jefferson), who hosted the meeting, told Mr. King he believes a moratorium on the state’s plan is needed.

“We need a delay so we can get everyone in synch,” said Mr. LaValle, himself a former educator and school administrator.

LaValle supports Common Core as does State Senator Flanagan. He is in support of the APPR – the Annual Professional Performance Review.

Senator Kenneth LaValle of the 1st Senate District will NOT support a companion bill to A07994 because he feels “Common Core is here to stay.”

PLEASE CALL HIS OFFICE. REMIND HIM WHERE HE LIVES! This is the USA. The government doesn’t decide what is “here to stay”. The people do. If there is something here that the people don’t want, we get rid of it. ESPECIALLY WHEN IT’S TYRANNICAL AS IS COMMON CORE. Please let Mr. LaValle know that Common Core is NOT here to stay, and neither is he if he won’t help us get rid of it.

Albany Office
188 State Street Room 806, Legislative Office Building
Albany, NY 12247
United States
Phone: (518) 455-3121
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District Office
28 North Country Rd Suite 203
Mount Sinai, NY 11766
United States
Phone: (631) 473-1461
Fax: (631) 473-1513

Original Story: 11/16/13: Senator LaValle sent a letter to School Superintendents in his senatorial district in which he told them to collect and forward questions to him before the next Common Core meeting in the Eastport/South Manor High School.

He wrote: Please include with your comments the name of the person who will be speaking and his/her affiliation, i.e. parent, student, teacher, administrator.  In light of our time constraints, questions will be reviewed ahead of time to eliminate duplication.

LaValle also wants to know the names and positions of each person who plans to speak.

This is the letter he posted on his website:

Dear Superintendent:


On November 26, 2013 the State Education Commissioner, Dr. John King, will be visiting the First Senatorial District to discuss the Common Core Curriculum, assessments, APPR, and student privacy.  The meeting will be held at Eastport/South Manor High School from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  Please note that the auditorium holds 1,000 people and seating will be on a first come, first serve basis. 
However, additional seating will be available in an overflow room where interested parties can watch via closed circuit television.  The event will also be live streamed at www.senatorlavalle.com [3].  Simply click on the live stream link.
 
As many of you are aware, the First Senatorial District is home to more than 30 individual school districts – the most of any senate district on Long Island.  In order to ensure that each school district has a voice at this meeting, I am asking you to meet with your various stakeholders – parents, students, teachers, PTAs, etc. and develop comments relating to each individual topic: Common Core Curriculum, assessments, APPR, and student privacy.  Please include with your comments the name of the person who will be speaking and his/her affiliation, i.e. parent, student, teacher, administrator.  In light of our time constraints, questions will be reviewed ahead of time to eliminate duplication.  
 
Kindly return your questions to …  my office by November 21st and remember to keep any questions/comments to two minutes. Speakers will be chosen and notified, ahead of time.  Thank you and I look forward to hearing from you.
Sincerely yours,
 
Kenneth P. LaValle
New York State SenatorParents and teachers who have questions about this directive need to contact Senator LaValle and tell him how they feel about this, though I know he hates being contacted by the public.Albany Office
188 State Street Room 806, Legislative Office Building
Albany, NY 12247

United States
Phone: (518) 455-3121District Office
28 North Country Rd Suite 203
Mount Sinai, NY 11766

United States
Phone: (631) 473-1461
Fax: (631) 473-1513
Click here for his contact sheet.
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