Dr. Tom Rogers—Executive Director of the New York State Council of School Superintendents—will lead a presentation sponsored by R.E.A.D. (Regional Educational Advocacy Districts of Westchester-Putnam) on Thursday, April 20, 2006, beginning at 7:00 PM in the Briarcliff High School Auditorium to discuss the effects of new state and national school reforms on local school districts like Croton Harmon.
R.E.A.D. was established two years ago when several neighboring school districts came together to consider issues of mutual concern and to strategize solutions. The R.E.A.D. advocacy group is made up of board members and superintendents from the Briarcliff, Croton-Harmon, Garrison, Haldane and Hendrick Hudson school districts who meet monthly to discuss ongoing legislative issues that impact:
The group’s challenge is to seek legislative change and to educate residents about hidden costs of legislation and mandates in a region that strongly supports local schools with spiraling tax rates.
Croton-Harmon Board of Education President Marshall Goldberg notes in a R.E.A.D. flyer that, “It is our hope that, in working together, we may achieve what our students, our constituents, and our society most deserve…the finest education possible for each and every child in our communities.”
According to the group’s members, local control by school boards has been diminished by state and federal regulation and mandates while funding deficiencies are growing because of increasing enrollments and costly requirements. Additionally, distant policy-makers are harming and limiting educational programming by defining penalties for performance variations.
R.E.A.D. is a regional coalition that is actively seeking new members who want to be part of becoming a stronger voice for legislative change and monitoring. Together the advocacy group looks forward to standing together for what matters for local students—effective and meaningful educational opportunities.