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Cuomo Hits Airwaves as Common Core Battle Heats Up

Assembly votes to delay parts of Common Core, but others want it completely suspended.

In a new commercial airing this week, Gov. Andrew Cuomo says that the controversial Common Core curriculum "is heading in the right direction," but that testing on it is premature. 

"It creates anxiety and it’s just unfair," Cuomo says in the commercial. "And their scores should not be counted against them."

The commercial is being aired as state lawmakers tackle Common Core in Albany. On Wednesday, the Democrat-led Assembly passed a bill that would delay parts of the Common Core standards, including preventing Common Core testing from factoring into teacher evaluations or whether a student moves onto the next grade. The bill, however, does not currently have a sponsor in the State Senate.

Republican Sen. John Flanagan, the chairman of the Senate Education Committee, has said he supports some parts of the bill. Dozens of people, however, plan to protest outside of Flanagan's Smithtown office at noon Friday to urge the senator to nix the bill and get behind another piece of legislation that would completely suspend the Common Core curriculum in New York. 

The Assembly on Wednesday defeated a proposed amendment from Republicans that would have done just that. 

Assemb. Al Graf, R-Holbrook, supported the amendment and said "the Majority chose politics over our children." 

“This battle is anything but over,” said Graf, whose anti-Common Core "Fix New York Schools" website has more than 49,000 Facebook recommends.  “I believe that though the Majority won the vote to continue Common Core today, this issue will come up again in November in the voting booth.  It was a sad day in Albany.  It was a day when the Majority Conference told the children of New York State that they do not matter."

What's your take? Should Common Core continue as is in New York, be delayed, or completely suspended? Share your thoughts in the comments section below. 
dan March 11, 2014 at 11:39 PM
Snoop I agree on some things, but not all slightly . We pay careful attention to budgets in my district. BOR meetings help.Some are overpaid some are not. Tenure does not equal a good teacher I agree with you there. I think unions have a value, but often, too often that power is abused. I'm no expert , I don't know the answer of balance, in regard to unions . I know how hard it is to fire a bad teacher. My husband works with unions and it takes years! Of documentation to fire a bad employee. That is wrong , and that should be fixed. Regarding teachers they can be effective and mistreat children. I have also seen Superintendents overpaid and unaccountable to parents. While others deserve their salaries . Especially, in large districts . Everything is relative , but salaries are based on averages , instead of individual work load and responsibilities. I also know of teachers that make salaries ( tenured) that rival an executive who manages over 150 employees, while others who are more effective receive insultingly low salaries. But keep in mind , ive seen teachers and admins working late nites 12 hr days. So I dont throw the baby out with the bath water. Not all bloated, as they actually work for their salary for the most part, it's just those union slugs that we resent who take advantage and are parasites doing more damage then good. Because I think unions are necessary but they need to be reigned in . I do not know the solution here . Wish I did, All I know is that there is an imbalance, but I would not say I am not against unions , I just wish they would allow those who should be fired be fired and make space for those who have real work ethics. Unions have earned out ire . But, we've been having that debate for years no one is willing to compromise. So much ego , will be the downfall of unions , until they get with the program , they are their own worse enemy and responsible for their bad reputation . Thete are thousands of hard working people who believe an honest days work and honest days pay. I'm just saying only the solution is not so black and white not everyone is an over bloated pig lol, but, I understand your disgust and frustration. ( I have never belonged to a union) so no bias there . There are not enough ethical people in the world unfortunately and our system of checks and balances is a system of lobbies . People should be treated with respect , their work environments shouldn't be hostile , they should have security . But I agree way too much abuse. Just feel both sides of the coin created a monster.
Christopher Wendt March 12, 2014 at 07:21 AM
A monster indeed, Dan.
New Guy March 12, 2014 at 02:04 PM
There are a lot of unhappy people voicing there opinion on common core. Folks if you are unhappy with common core then do what a lot of others have done send your children to private school/charter school.
Patchogue Snoop March 14, 2014 at 11:53 AM
On Wednesday, the Democrat-led Assembly passed a bill that would delay parts of the Common Core standards, including preventing Common Core testing from factoring into teacher evaluations........... The Democrats and Andy are owned by the teachers union. This is what they really oppose.....teacher evaluations....ie accountability
Patchogue Snoop March 15, 2014 at 02:23 PM
Gee, did the teachers call in sick for this protest????

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