Cuomo: It’s premature for Common Core moratorium

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo plans to form a task force to look at ways to reform the Common Core education standards, and therefore it would premature to implement a moratorium on the controversial initiative, his spokeswoman said today.

CuomoAPCuomo’s comments come after the Assembly and Senate said today that they will support a two-year moratorium on Common Core amid outcry from parents, teachers and students over the tougher testing standards.

But Cuomo urged patience, despite being critical of the program. He announced the task force during his budget address Jan. 21 and said they would issue recommendations before the legislative session ends in June.

“Two weeks ago, the governor announced that he will assemble a panel that includes education experts and members of the legislature to identify flaws in Common Core’s rollout and take corrective action by the end of this session,” said Cuomo spokeswoman Melissa DeRosa. “The governor believes there are two issues – Common Core and teacher evaluations – and they must be analyzed separately. It would be premature to consider any moratorium before the panel is allowed to do its work.”

Some education groups said there is more immediacy to the issue. Students take another round of tests in April.

Here’s the full statement from DeRosa:

“Governor Cuomo believes that the best long term economic development strategy is ensuring New York State has the strongest possible education system. Common Core is an issue about which there has been a lot of dialogue. The Governor believes that we need to set real standards for our students and have a meaningful teacher evaluation system, and continues to support the Common Core agenda.

However, the Governor believes that the way that Common Core has been managed by the Board of Regents is flawed, leading to too much uncertainty, confusion and anxiety among students and their parents. The strength of public education in New York is dependent on a rational system that is well administered.

Two weeks ago, the Governor announced that he will assemble a panel that includes education experts and members of the legislature to identify flaws in Common Core’s rollout and take corrective action by the end of this session. The Governor believes there are two issues – common core and teacher evaluations – and they must be analyzed separately. It would be premature to consider any moratorium before the panel is allowed to do its work.

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  1. How can it be premature for 2 year moratorium if he admits there are problems & is forming task force to study & make recommendations? It is foolish to continue w/out pause despite the public outcry! Big money Cuomo Donors are bemeficiaries of CCSS & testing. So governor pays lip service to parents, students, & educators but serves the big $$$.

  2. How do you think Cuomoney raised $33 million? Kissing the butts of wealthy ideologues who would experiment with our kids to “prove” their theories of education

  3. Vote this BUM out !!! All true Cheryl Smith and Fact Checker ! Children will suffer while this Pecker-headed Pied Piper flutes his charade. How many and how serious will the injury be to our children ? Time is of the essence.

  4. While I hate to see true politicians enter this argument something has to be done to end the fiasco started by Tisch and King. We have enough politics in education but even what the Assembly and Senate are proposing is “too little–too late.” Tisch, King and Cuomo have combined to make NY schools much worse than three years ago when they started their exercise in “reform.” They must be considered “deformers” not reformers!