Focus on Education
Fri January 24, 2014
Call for education reform in NYS growing louder
The call for changing New York's education reform effort is growing louder. Testimony from concerned citizens statewide has led the Assembly's Minority Conference to issue a new report and several solutions.
They include stopping the rushed implementation of the Common Core. Reducing over-reliance on student testing. And requiring parental consent before student data is shared with third parties.
Assemblyman Ray Walter of Amherst said Friday Governor Andrew Cuomo and both sides of the aisle want the issues addressed.
"The Governor has already talked about it in his budget release. That this is an issue that there has been confusion about the implementation about thee Common Core," said Walters. "There is a unified effort going on right now to make sure some of these errors that have taken place by the failed polices of State Ed are corrected."
Walter said proposed changes include having the State Education Commissioner be an appointment of the governor - not the unelected Board of Regents.
Assemblywoman Jane Corwin of Clarence, is also a member of the Education Committee, said changes include restoring school funding, involving local teachers in curriculum development, and Corwin says letting parents decide whether their children's data is shared with third parties.
"There are a lot of concerns with Common Core with all the data collection, and it's all being filtered up to the Federal level, and some of that student data will be used inappropriately, so we want to make sure parents have the ability to make the decision not to do that," said Corwin.