Angry exchanges last night between the public and school board members at a Dutchess County meeting led to the board to walk out during the public comment period.
Arguments between Wappingers Central School District board President Ved Shravah and meeting attendees grew so intense that the board adjourned, the Poughkeepsie Journal reported today.
It’s the latest tense meeting in Dutchess over the new Common Core standards. Education Commissioner John King was shouted down at a Poughkeepsie forum in October over Common Core, the tougher student testing for third through eighth graders.
The Poughkeepsie Journal reported that a group of parents opposed to Common Core have been attending Wappingers board meetings to speak out against the standards and other aspects of Race to the Top, the federal education standards.
The board cut off public comment and then went into executive session to discuss “board conduct” when things got heated. When they resumed, Shravah said the board would continue the meeting if no one did anything “disrespectful.”
But when community member Diane Santangelo Bagdy started criticizing Shravah, the board packed up and left.
Here’s video from Journal reporter Nina Schutzman: