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Senior To CCS Board: We Won’t Be Bullied

E-PETITION SPURS DEBATE

Senior To CCS Board:

We Won’t Be Bullied

"We will not allow ourselves to be bullied into submission," senior Bobby Clark, who heads the Otsego County Young Republicans, tells the Cooperstown Central school board this evening. Seated behind him is MacGuire Benton, head of the Young Democrats, who collaborated with Walker in circulating a recent e-petition. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
“We will not allow ourselves to be bullied into submission,” senior Bobby Walker, who heads the Otsego County Young Republicans, tells the Cooperstown Central school board this evening. Seated behind him is MacGuire Benton, head of the Young Democrats, who collaborated with Walker in circulating a recent e-petition. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

COOPERSTOWN – Bobby Walker, a CCS senior and leader of the Otsego County Young Republicans, said he was called into the principal’s office and told to “remove” e-petitions he was circulating on behalf of Laurie Pestar, the elementary school secretary who was seeking an unpaid leave while she fights cancer.

Walker refused to do so, and asked Middle/High School Principal Donna Lucy who had told her to rein him in.  “I cannot tell you,” she replied.

“We do have a voice and we will not allow ourselves to be bullied into submission,” the senior told the school board that was meeting this evening in the packed middle/high school library.  (It appeared most attendees were there for their Participation in Government class.)

Common Core Opt-Out Rates Down at CCS

Common Core Opt-Out Rates

Down at Cooperstown Central

ccs logoCOOPERSTOWN – Opt-out rates for the Common Core’s English Language Arts test are down from 62 percent to 48 percent, according to Interim Superintendent Mike Virgil.

“I overheard one parent saying they had opted out last year, but because the changes that had been made, they let their kid take it this year,” Virgil said.

Last year, 62 percent of parents opted out of the test, which is given over three days to students in grades 3-8.  This year, only 48 percent opted out, citing modifications and extended time for students to complete the test as their reasons, according to Virgil.  The three-day English portion of the test concluded yesterday.

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