I’ve been away from the Paterson Board of Education for nearly 3 years now.
Oh, I have been to majority of the meetings but just not as a member of the board. The work I have completed during my time away from the school board includes assisting hundreds of parents who have children in the special education spectrum. In addition, I have continued my education advocacy work by attending meetings throughout the state on behalf of learning how to advocate properly for the needs of Paterson’s students.
A recent report by the Education Law Center states that: “Paterson’s termination of a contract with a private therapy provider in February 2017 resulted in tens of thousands of missed service hours during the 2016-17 school year.
Just prior to the recent holiday break, Paterson was still actively working on a plan to implement compensatory services for last school year. According to a notice to parents, they could ask to meet with their child’s IEP team to discuss the issue, decline compensatory services, or accept one of two compensatory packages offered by the district that leave unanswered questions about the sufficiency of the services.”
It’s apparent that the fight has NOT ended. I can see that I’m am needed on the school board if for no other reason than to advocate on behalf of special needs students. It’s time to return to the Paterson Board of Education.
Corey L. Teague
Former School Board Member
City Education Activist