Yesterday we reported that some Sachem East High School students went to a Newsday reporter alledging that their teachers forced them to write a letter to Albany seeking more state aid as part of a graded assignment.
The letter-writing campaign, which was delivered personally to Albany by a bus full of school leaders and students, was presented at Board of Education meetings as a voluntary initiative to get the community's voice about the lack of state aid to Sachem heard.
But after the Newday article, there have been reports from students, in emails to Patch and comments on Sachem Patch's Facebook and Twitter pages that both refute and substantiate the claim. In addition, parents have written stating their youngsters were in fact coerced into writing a letter to Albany.
Our Talk Back question today is more hypothetical in nature. Whether it was mandatory or voluntary, do you object to students writing letters to Albany advocating for a cause?
Let us know in the comments section below. We may repurpose your comments for a roundup story on the community's reaction.