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Symposium will allow parents to talk to lawmakers, educators

By WKTV News

(WKTV) - Education has been a major topic of discussion for quite a few reasons, including that everyone's not on the same page.

That's why one organization has an education symposium every year to bring teachers, administrators and lawmakers together. This year, they're sure to discuss things such as the common core curriculum and funding inequality. Also new this year: The symposium is open to the public.

Parents can attend the Phi Delta Kappa symposium and sit down with lawmakers and educators and tell them their issues are with education.

"When parents go to a school, you're sort of in a formal situation, and sometimes they hold back and it's not always congenial to have a nice conversation," said Cathy DiBernardo, retired educator and president of Phi Delta Kappa. "We'll be over dinner. We'll talk as friends, not as parent-to-teacher or administrator-to-parent."

Among those scheduled to attend are assembly members Anthony Brindisi, Marc Butler and Claudia Tenney, and New York State Sen. Joseph Griffo, as well as Anthony Picente, Oneida County Executive, and Chad Radock of Alliance for a Quality Education.

The symposium will be April 3 at Danielle's at Valley View. A cash bar will be available at 5 p.m. and a buffet dinner will be served as 6 p.m. The cost is $25.

To RSVP, call 525-4389 or email cathydibernardo@hotmail.com. Please RSVP by Friday.

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