The State Education Department (SED) will be conducting meetings around the state on the topic of Middle-Level Education.
Because many of the sessions are scheduled during the day, NYSUT expressed concern to SED that teachers would not be able to attend, and that SED would be sending a message that they don't want teachers at the meeting.
Deputy Commissioner Jim Kadamus has indicated he will contact the chairpersons of these regional meetings to give them guidelines on contacting teacher leaders and encourage their participation. He will also send a note to superintendents encouraging release time for middle school teachers to attend.
The dates of the Middle-Level Education Regional Focus Forums follow: > >Western - Radisson Hotel, Buffalo >3/7/02 3:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. > >Suffolk - SUNY Stonybrook, Stonybrook >3/21/02 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. > >Nassau - Adelphi University, Garden City >3/22/02 8:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. > >Capital - Italian-American Cntr., Washing Ave. Ext., Albany >3/25/02 8:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. > >Mid West - RIT Conference Center >3/26/02 3:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. > >Mid State - Holiday Inn, Auburn >3/27/02 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. > >Mid South - Holiday Inn, Oneonta >3/28/02 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. > >Mohawk - Hart's Hill Inn, Utica >4/8/02 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. > >North Country - Canton College of Technology >4/9/02 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. > >Mid-Hudson/Lower Hudson - Inn at Central Valley >4/10/02 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. > >New York City - Date to be determined