NEW ROCHELLE, NY -- The New Rochelle FUSE is calling for “All Hands on Deck” to push New Rochelle parents to opt-out their children out of the upcoming state assessment exams.
The New Rochelle school system’s union for teachers, staff and service-related processionals will undertake an organized effort this week to discourage students in New Rochelle from sitting for state exams.
The New York State Unified Teachers announced its call for a boycott of the state’s ELA and Math assessments for grades 3-8 next week.
FUSE members will meet Tuesday at Albert Leonard Middle School at 4 p.m. to mobilize efforts to support the NYSUT boycott.
In a letter sent to FUSE members on Monday, the union expressed their opposition to the New York State budget passed in Albany last week.
"Lawmakers passed an disastrous education budget that weakens local control of school districts, called for a draconian revision of the current APPR legislation and undermined both collective bargaining rights and teacher tenure," said FUSE President Martin Daly.
"The New Rochelle FUSE wholeheartedly supports this call for parents to refuse to allow their children to sit for hours for a test that is meaningless except to punish teachers, principals and schools," said Daly "Even before NYSUT called for a boycott of the tests, our union had already adopted the 'I Refuse Resolution' calling on our members to opt their children out of these harmful tests—and many have already done so."