Common Core

Senate Republicans say they will break a long standing tradition of boycotting the election of new Regents. They now say they will attend a joint legislative session, and that many will vote no over dissatisfaction with the Common Core.

Senate Education Chair John Flanagan says Republican Senators will be attending a joint session of the legislature to appoint board of Regents members to new terms. But he says many GOP members will be voting no.

“There’s a very strong feeling that not enough has been done,” Flanagan said. “And they’re still not listening.”

Assembly Seeks To Delay Common Core In New York

Mar 5, 2014

The New York State Assembly is debating a bill to delay some of the effects of the state’s Common Core learning standards.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is spending some of his $33 million dollar campaign war chest on ads to promote his state budget priorities.

The ads, which feature in part Cuomo speaking directly to camera , focus on the governor’s pitch for his tax cut plan and an ethics package that includes public financing of political campaigns and a crack down on bribery.

Karen Scharff, with Citizen Action, says the ethics ads are a good sign.

House GOP Forces Hearing On Common Core Curriculum

Feb 27, 2014

Republican House members say they've collected enough signatures to force the General Assembly's Education Committee to hold a public hearing on Connecticut's implementation of the so-called "common core" education curriculum and new teacher evaluation process.

House Minority Leader Lawrence Cafero Jr. said Wednesday the seldom-used petitioning process was used because the Democratic-controlled committee refused to hold a public hearing on any common core-related bills offered by the GOP, including freezing implementation.

A new poll finds New Yorkers remain confused about the worth of the new Common Core learning standards, which schools in the state are in the process of adopting.

The Siena College poll finds voters are divided over the worth of the Common Core program. Around the same amount said they are not confident that Common Core will result in better preparing students to be college or career ready as those who say that the new learning standards are on the right track.

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The state Board of Regents at the last minute reversed course and decided not to hold a final vote on some changes to weaken implementation of the Common Core standards in New York. 

Regents Take Step Back On Common Core

Feb 10, 2014

The New York State Board of Regents is poised to delay some requirements of the federal Common Core standards. Some state lawmakers are still questioning, though, whether the Regents are going far enough to remedy what critics say is a “flawed” roll out of the new standards.

The movement to put the brakes on the national education standards known as the Common Core is gaining momentum across New York State.

Some are calling for a one-year delay while others want a two-year hold on using Common Core-based tests to evaluate teachers and place students. And there are those on the fringe calling for more drastic measures including completely eliminating the tests or withdrawing New York entirely from the standards.

New York Lawmakers Urge Common Core Delay

Feb 4, 2014

The leaders of the New York State legislature are urging the State Board of Regents to delay the effects of the new federal Common Core standards for at least another two years.

National Council on Teacher Equality

A new report from a national advocacy group gives New York improved grades for policies that support effective teaching.

The Washington, D.C.-based National Council on Teacher Quality has released its seventh annual State Teacher Policy Yearbook, which includes a 360-degree analysis of every state law, rule and regulation that shapes the effectiveness of the teaching profession in New York.

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