It has come to my attention, that there are several still inquiring about us- the nefarious “Poughkeepsie Five.” We are the parents who spoke at the mic on October 10, 2013. It was ur statements that prompted Commissioner King to have an epic melt down on the video. Later, he would accuse us of hijacking the forum and conspiring against him.
Carol Burris posted a piece we wrote addressing King’s accusations.
Please read our statement. Then, feel free to contact me with ANY questions that you may have. I am only one of the 5, and they speak for themselves. But, I assure you, we are no “special interest group.”
Although we are not a “group” per se, I think I speak for all of us when I say THANK YOU to her from the bottom of our little “special interest” hearts for all SHE has done and will do moving forward!
I appreciate that Carol Burris took the time and the opportunity to help us have our say against King’s accusations. Please check out Carol Burris blog if you haven’t already done as she is an experienced educator, a very smart lady and has some sage advice to give! Pass the link around. King’s accusations that the 5 of us took the microphone and “conspired” against him are ridiculous and disturbing and the record needs to be set straight. I think I can speak for all 5 of us when I say there was no agenda, we just spoke from the heart.
As to reason why Poughkeepsie meeting turned into a ruckus and to justify his decision to cancell future forums, King said “Email blasts encouraging their membership to dominate the microphone and take over the meeting,” were sent.
Joint Press Statement of 5 out of the 7 who were permitted to speak at the microphone on 10/10/13 in response to that allegation:
Town Hall Comments Youtube Video (courtesy Mert Melfa):