"Please help us," Rella wrote in an Aug. 7 letter sent to state Sens. Ken LaValle, R-Port Jefferson; John Flanagan, R-Smithtown, and Rep. Steve Englebright, D-Setauket. "If not, then I request on behalf of our residents – your constituents – you initiate proceedings to have me removed as superintendent."
The letter quickly went viral in the local community and continues to spread, reaching as far away as educational advocates in Alabama who are fighting against a Common Core curriculum and "MN Badass teachers," a group for Minnesota teachers who refuse to support the corporate takeover of public education.
State Assemblyman Steve Englebright, D-Setauket, responded to Rella's letter, stating he's rather see the state Educations Commissioner John King removed than Rella.
The rally is aimed at bringing together hundreds of concerned parents, teachers and education advocates from across Long Island to show the New York State Education Department that students are more than their test scores.
The rally has been publicly backed by the Three Village Teachers Association, parents and teachers who are spreading work via Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites.
Will you be attending the "Students, Not Scores" rally this Saturday?