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.

Last week during the State of the State address, Governor Cuomo announced a plan to reimburse New Yorkers on their property taxes. But in order for residents to get the tax relief, their local governments must stay under a 2% cap on raising property taxes. The cap is already causing difficulties for some school districts.

The crowd cheered as Governor Cuomo promised to take action against New York’s high property tax.

School districts vote down mergers

Dec 4, 2013

Proposed mergers of the Chenango Valley and Chenango Forks School Districts and of the Candor and Spencer Van-Etten Districts were both voted down yesterday.

The Press and Sun Bulletin reports that voters in Chenango Forks, where homeowners were expecting a property tax increase if the merger passed, rejected the proposal by an almost 6 to 1 margin.

The Candor and Spencer Van-Etten would have created a district that covered over 200 square miles.

There will be no merger between the Chenango Forks and Chenango Valley school districts.  Matt Martin reports that the district in Chenango Forks may now ask for a tax hike to balance their budget.

The vote was only a straw poll.  Both districts had to approve the merger before it could move to a binding vote.  Chenango Valley voted to merge but last night the residents of Chenango Forks killed the proposal before it could move forward. 

During Education Commissioner John King’s visit to Binghamton on Nov. 25, he joined State Board of Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch and Regents member James Tallon at WSKG’s studios in Vestal for a forum on Common Core.

Common Core is a stricter set of expectations for students that have been adopted by most states. The first test results in New York, based on those standards, were released this year. Low scores led to widespread criticism that the new standards were being put in place too quickly.

King asked those in attendance to be patient as the system adapts.

The new standards for students, known as Common Core, are changing education in New York. The first scores measuring where students stood were released earlier this year. Statewide, only about 30 percent of students in grades three through eight were considered proficient in English. To find out more about the new standards and why the results were so low, Morning Edition host Monica Sandreczki spoke with Doctor Jon Supovitz. He’s Director of the Consortium for Policy Research in Education at the University of Pennsylvania.

New York Education Commissioner John King faced a bi-partisan grilling by liberal and conservative Assemblymembers at a hearing on growing concerns over student  privacy.

As part of the conversion to the national Common Core standards, school districts in New York are required to place more student records, transcripts and even behavioral information like absences and suspensions in on line data bases. The data collection is in many cases run by a private vendor not the local school or the state education department.

Some parents in the Southern Tier kept their kids home from school today in protest of a new statewide curriculum. Common Core has been controversial across New York and parents are even divided on how to protest.

6-year-old Brooklyn is eating lunch at home today.

“I played school with my mommy and my stuffed animals.”