BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — About 300 teachers, parents and students showed up at the Ken-Ton school board meeting Tuesday night, to voice concerns bout layoffs and the curriculum. With such a large turnout, the meeting had to be moved to the auditorium to accommodate all the guests.
Thirty-nine people signed up to speak at the meeting.
The unusually large crowd mainly attended the meeting to address concerns about the ELA and Math curriculum. Parents and teachers are demanding changes to the curriculum to focus less on testing and data and more on other areas such as science, social studies and physical education.
Students aren’t even given a recess time and parents are demanding mandatory recess and a break from all the test preparation.
Petitions have been circulating around the community to put a stop to this.
Parents and teachers are not happy with the direction the district is going in and they say the superintendent has repeatedly brushed off their concerns.
“I have a quick answer to the solution. These corporate made lessons are not the answer, it’s teacher made lessons. Teachers have been hired to do their job and I believe they are the way forward. Teachers have built this district and it’s time for them to rebuild it again,” said local student at Ken-Ton schools.
“I am concerned that the heavy focus on this data is derailing our children’s experience in school, the numbers are taking precedent over teachers observation and interaction with children,” said Catherine Sago, teacher at Ken-Ton schools.
Some speakers also addressed the 44 teachers and aids that are being laid off, which they say, is impacting the students and their education.
District officials tell News 4, on Sunday, the superintendent sent out a school wide email saying meetings will be coming up to talk about the concerns teachers are having.