Education

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. It’s uncertain whether all four of the incumbent Regents members will be re elected.

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.'

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

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver says the bill delays the effects of the new learning standards for two more years, for both students, and teachers. Teachers fear that they will be evaluated on their pupils’ test scores when there wasn’t enough time to prepare and teach the new material.

The deadline for the state budget is approaching, and education issues are taking center stage. On a day of massive rallies for universal pre-K and charter schools, other advocates say they’ve gathered evidence for a lawsuit challenging low school-funding levels.

The Alliance for Quality Education has been touring schools around the state to document what they say is erosion in districts in economically depressed areas.

A new poll by Siena College finds New Yorkers are confused about the value 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 , with around the same amount saying they are not confident  that Common Core will result in better preparing students to be college or career ready, than those who say that the new learning standards are on the right track.

The debate over universal pre-kindergarten shows no signs of slowing down at the Capitol. The Democratic Mayor of New York City is not backing down from his plan to tax the wealthy to pay for pre-K, while upstate and suburban Republicans in the State Senate say they will block a vote on the tax proposal.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, in his State of the City address, stuck to his plan to continue to ask state lawmakers for permission to tax the wealthy to fund universal pre-kindergarten. De Blasio says he’s not advocating for a statewide income tax hike.

Governor Andrew Cuomo criticized state education officials in a strongly worded statement today for blocking a new teacher evaluation system.

Cuomo’s statement comes in response to an announcement by the state education chief on changes to the way Common Core standards will be rolled out.

According to Education Commissioner John King, teachers will still be evaluated based on the stricter standards.

The 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 State Board of Regents, facing pressure from Governor Cuomo and the legislature, is recommending that the effects of the new high stakes testing on students, designed in response to the Common Core, be delayed for five more years.

The Corning-Painted Post School District has decided to break from the state Education Department and will stop using the state’s Common Core teaching modules. The district is the first in the state to not use the modules.

Last week, board members of the Corning-Painted Post School District voted to step out on its own. Starting next year, the district will no longer be using the state designed curriculum. 

Michael Ginalski, Superintendent of the Corning-Painted Post School District, says the roll-out of Common Core was flawed from the beginning.

There’s continued dissatisfaction over the state’s implementation of the new Common Core standards, which parents, students and teachers have complained has led to too much testing. There’s disagreement, though, in the state legislature over how to fix it.

Hundreds of school children, parents and union members held a rally and sit-in at the State Capitol to build momentum for more spending on schools in the state budget.

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