Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Cuomo critical of Common Core rollout

Posted By on Tue, Jan 21, 2014 at 3:32 PM

Only minutes ago, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that's he going to convene a panel of educators and legislators to review the rollout of the controversial Common Core curriculum. Cuomo made the announcement during his 2014-2015 budget presentation. 

Acknowledging that there have been complaints statewide about the Common Core from parents, teachers, and students, Cuomo said, "The way the Board of Regents has handled the Common Core in New York is flawed."

He also challenged some standardized testing practices. 

"There's no reason school districts should make 5 year olds take standardized tests," he said.

Cuomo is the latest state leader to address the public's concerns about Common Core. Last month, state Senator John Flanagan issued a less-than-flattering report on the sloppy rollout of the Common Core and the lack of sufficient training in its implementation. 

Parents and teachers around the state showed up at State Education Commissioner John King's public forums on the Common Core to complain. And teachers are so frustrated with King's oversight of the Common Core that the state's teachers unions are calling for King's resignation and/or termination. 

A resolution drafted by the Monroe County Federation of Teachers says that "there is no confidence in the Commissioner's abilities."

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