The NYS Education Department and many local school districts have given parents no other choice than to rightfully refuse NYS Common Core tests in order to make needed changes in education. As a means of quieting parent voices, Mr. Zagrobelny suggested that parking lots should be policed to prevent people from distributing flyers. Really? Policing? I guess Mr. Zagrobelny has not read the East Aurora School Board ‘Code of Conduct’ on page 37 where it talks about Public Conduct on School Property. Here he will find that his own board policy says, “The district recognizes that free inquiry and free expression are indispensable to the objectives of the district.” The policy goes on to list ‘Prohibited Conduct’, none of which would prevent a parent from distributing flyers. In fact, the policy specifically points out that, “The restrictions on public conduct on school property and at school functions contained in this code are not intended to limit freedom of speech or peaceful assembly.”
The threat of policing comes across to me as a direct act of bullying and abuse of power. It is the same abuse of power that we have seen with the entire implementation of the Common Core corporate takeover package that has suppressed parents, students, teachers, and community members to the point where the only voice they have is their voice to refuse NYS Common Core tests. Thankfully, however, acts of bullying such as this will encourage more parents to increase Common Core test refusals from 60,000 to 250,000.