Jan 27, 2014|
Robert Bennett, member of the New York State Board of Regents
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Okay joining us right now under his radio nine for all all real quickly I started the sentence before replica finished that. In addition to meeting some really nice people cardinal O'Hara and the -- over the weekend today at lunch I had the great honor. A meeting with true. United States Marines. We have a cafeteria. You -- land. Where they have awesome food reasonably priced. And two great Americans. Were there. And it was an honor gentlemen to meet -- Shake your hands. It to thank you for your service. And you know how sincere. I was and am. Thank you to those United States Marines. I believe one was well I don't like -- the wreck. I didn't want us there at the progress. That's -- Separate -- gentlemen. And thank you on behalf of everybody listening for being patriots. Let's let's go right now a news radio 930 WB a two Robert Bennett. William before -- -- the other education guy who dated Janice Joplin. -- Robert Bennett to my knowledge never dated Janice Joplin if he did we definitely want notes he is a member of the New York State Board of Regents. Mr. Bennett thanks very much for being with us mr. or doctor. Mr. and I never dated Janice Kaplan although I was a fan. All right well -- just take a little piece your heart and mr. resembling freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose OK real -- this note. That's the buffalo public schools the elementary schools are closed but a high schools are going to be open for high school students taking regents exams. But all staff should report at all schools now my question is I always thought that part of education. Was teaching -- common cents. And assessing information. And making reasonable rational decisions based upon the available information. This. Not rescheduling of the regents exams to -- strikes me as being. Asinine and flying in the face of common cents. What do you mean by now and -- rescheduling. The exam is given tomorrow certain exam is given to Merrill and then not again. Until June and then that again -- August there's three administrations of the exam. And you cannot postpone -- for a day or three days or week. Why it is like the eleventh commandment that I missed in the Bible. All it's a statewide exams so several thousand kids take it and so some kids take it and then. Other kids taken a week later guess what that's -- security breach. So old guess what what if somebody freezes their fingers off on the school waited for about this is a safety issue. To decide that there's a local decision and another State's decision in the local district apparently made that decision. I'll play a white strikes me is asinine we have trained meteorologist with the National Weather Service saying that the wind Cheryl. Will be dangerously. Cold. Now we always talk I mean I hear the the egg heads talking about common sense. And it. Making rational decisions based on the available in 40 and here we have whether people saying. Dangerously cold wind she'll. And we've got the school saying but it's not too dangerous to take a regents exam. I'm not following the logic server with -- all the respect. I can't answer that the superintendent of schools has the authority to make that decision so line. Hope you can reach her -- brown. I'm not gonna hold my breath on that one bomb mr. Bennett. Why OK I. I understand what you -- saying about the security breach because that -- makes cents it's common sense that given the era of FaceBook and social media that. The kids are -- sure questions and answers. So why not statewide say look these are extraordinary weather circumstances. Why can't we simply pick. Pardon -- take the exam schedule the exam for next Tuesday. Pardon me or a day. That is likely to put us out of the dangerously cold wind chills with which we are dealing. Because -- I don't know of the number of the weather state -- but we have 700 school districts. And I'm guessing that maybe 695. Of them are gonna administrative examiner respective. Of having cold weather and that buffalo is probably more severe than most at this point in our our -- whether in this winter so I. I just. You can't postpone it but the entire state. Because -- poor districts have cold weather I guess is the best way to answer that. I'm not trying to be contentious argumentative with you mr. Bennett I'm really not but. If New York City was gripped by a blizzard and we knew what was coming. And we knew. That. It was gonna be dangerous for students to get to school I can't. Help the supposition that somehow the board of regents would find a way. To convince the local school superintendents. To. Delay the exams statewide or perhaps even issue a statewide edict that. Owing to the situation in New York City and the resilience of students affected we could just move it back a week. No that's actually had a blizzard and -- eleven in New York City. And they didn't take the exam and they had to reschedule that for the next administration which was in June the rest of the state took the exam. And was there any evidence that in any way shape or form that was deleterious to the educational process. I don't know how to answer that because it depends on which students are taking which examined for what reason. As I said before the chances are given three times a year and they are all different obviously. And so that I don't know whether it was don't curious are not for the kids in New York City back control -- elevenths. But why would this exams scheduled for tomorrow. Be so. Important. That we're willing to risk the life and limb of students to take it. I cannot answer that because they didn't make some decisions. I agree I know it didn't I'm not a much rounded up putts here I'm just a trying to get answers to something with which I'm having a hard time. Reconciling. With. Common cents. -- -- -- -- number one else in the that -- again -- you know what if Pam brown wants to give your cellphone number. I would do that that I as much as I'd like to talk if you'd like to call her -- ever call me that's a different kettle of fish but I would -- breach any confidences and you know get you in Dutch. Do you might be an angry little man but I don't feel like you went down that road. Personally as a man and as a buffalo only. What would you do if you were the buffalo school superintendent. If I -- to. Cancel school I would canceled for everybody period. Irrespective of whether the regents exam is scheduled for tomorrow correct. Now if that happened -- and let's just say hypothetically the buffalo school students did not take the exam. What effect does that have on parole on the educational career why why does tomorrow's exam matter that much. I don't know what their status is in terms of having taken before this is the first time. But I would say that they have a chance to take it in June. And if they don't do well then they can take it in August so there are several administrations and one calendar year. For this exam so it depends and examine it depends on what years there in the schools. Gotcha. -- well -- look I appreciate the clarification and look I'm sorry if I if I came on strong your standup guy you're always available to us and I know that you're not the one making the decision but part of my job. Even when it's somebody who's almost family like Carl Paladino is to ask tough questions even if it makes me sound like I have I'm I'm not trying to be that way. I know the kind of manual or you're good man honest man available to us and I'm grateful. For your time and I apologize and I came off as being harsh. Well. I'll watch -- know that seriously because I don't want to come away thinking I'm not gonna talk -- again no on that rectitude you know that I'm pretty much an able everybody right. It's -- -- -- thing I learned that word and ten worries. Are one of our. Mr. Bennett it it is a pleasure and they'll look forward to our next conversation which hopefully will be. You know. It will be longer and then even better. Thank you very much that I'm I'm happy that you were available to -- -- thank thank all my pleasure thank you for being so accessible.