Aurora/East Aurora

Teachers concerned about the emphasis of testing in grades 3 through 8 have organized an informational meeting next month to work on persuading the state that there’s a better way.

“We’re hoping to educate the public about what’s going on in our public schools,” said Todd Hathaway, an East Aurora High School teacher and parent of young children. He is the organizer of the “Southtowns Education Summit” at the Southside Municipal Building at 300 Gleed Avenue in Aurora from 6:30 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, January 7.

“There’s too much testing. The tests matter far too much.”

At the forum, Mark Crawford, superintendent of West Seneca Central School District, will join Mark Garrison, D’Youville College professor of education policy, along with teachers and parents. The event is being sponsored by the faculty associations of East Aurora, Iroquois and Holland.

While Hathaway believes testing is important in high schools, younger children do not benefit from it. “We’re pushing a system that’s really not developmentally appropriate.”

Also this week:

• The Community Music School will give a free hour-long holiday concert of singing by voice students at 11 a.m. on December 28 at Aurora Theatre on Main Street.

• The Aurora Town Board meets at Friday at 11 a.m. at the Southside Municipal Building.

• The East Aurora Village Hall at 571 Main St. will close at 2 p.m. Dec. 24 and reopen at 8 a.m. Dec. 26.