Ban Common Core: Lawmakers make late push for bill

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Some Republican lawmakers are making a final push for legislation that would ban the Common Core testing standards for three years. The legislators and parents, mainly from Long Island, held a rally today near the Capitol.

Common Core education poisonThe legislation has no chance with legislative leaders or with Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who today said they already essentially put a two-year ban on using Common Core standards to grade students in the budget approved in March.

The one issue on the front burner is whether or not to continue to count the test results on teachers’ evaluations. There’s been no resolution; the legislative session ends Thursday.

“If they are people who are rallying about Common Core and students, that relationship, they should feel good,” Cuomo said on “The Capitol Pressroom”. “Because in the budget, as you know, we de-linked the Common Core results with the students’ performance and transcript. The question on the table now is Common Core’s relevance for the teacher evaluation process and that’s what we are working through. We don’t have an agreement.”

Still, supporters said they would keep pushing for changes to the controversial standards, saying parents are demanding relief for their kids from the tougher tests — which started last school year.

“This has been a mommy-led movement and you’ve been able to focus through us to get your message out,” said Assemblyman Al Graf, R-Nassau County. “And I think they are starting to learn a little bit, because one thing I learned in my house a long time ago was if mommy’s not happy, nobody is happy. If daddy is not happy, who cares.”

Education expert Sandra Stotsky, a Common Core critic, said the standards could be usurped by local school boards, saying they could implement their own teaching standards and take their case to court.

Sen. Tom O’Mara, R-Big Flats, Chemung County, said Cuomo and the state Board need to agree to a further rollback of Common Core.

“Families, educators and administrators across the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions have been loud and clear in expressing their fears over and opposition to the flawed implementation of Common Core. We’re all for educational standards that allow our students to fully succeed, but Common Core has gone too far, too fast,” O’Mara said in a statement.

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