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Parents Demand Higher Standards


Moving forward with Common Core is a critical step toward advancing public education. Too often, New York students graduate high school unprepared for the tough demands of college and the job market. That’s why we need to raise the bar higher and implement tougher standards in our education system.

Common Core News

  1. NY Post Editorial: Governor Cuomo - The Students' Lobbyist

    New York Post // February 11, 2014

    On Monday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo criticized the New York Board of Regents for supporting a plan that would allow teachers to blame ineffective teaching on the Common Core roll-out. The backlash resulted in the board delaying action on the plan until April.

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  2. NY Daily News Editorial: NY Must Stick with the Common Core

    NY Daily News // January 27, 2014

    New York teachers, parents, and students have expressed resistance to the rollout of the Common Core standards and its associated curriculum. As a result, Governor Andrew Cuomo and lawmakers are working to get corrective action passed into law to improve the transition into the Common Core.

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  3. NY State Education Commissioner Urges Equality in Education

    NY Daily News // January 20, 2014

    In an opinion piece, New York State Education Commissioner John B. King honors Martin Luther King’s fight for true equality of opportunity. John B. King acknowledges the tremendous progress in racial equality over the last 50 years and further encourages the fight for educational equality.

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  4. The Truth about the Common Core

    Newsday // December 13, 2013

    In recent discussions about New York education, Common Core supporters and opponents have voiced multiple claims, some being inaccurate. An editorial in Newsday clears up common misperceptions.

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  5. Opinion: Common Core Will Help Teachers

    New York Post // December 12, 2013

    The implementation of the Common Core standards has sparked several debates across the country. Co-founder of Educators for Excellence and former Bronx elementary school teacher Evan Stone discusses how teachers can benefit from the new standards.

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  6. Supporters Welcome the Common Core in Brooklyn

    GothamSchools // December 11, 2013

    Common Core supporters including StudentsFirstNY, Families for Excellent Schools and Educators 4 Excellence greeted New York State Education Commissioner John King at public forums in Brooklyn and the Bronx.

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  7. NY State Education Commissioner Continues to Support Common Core

    Press Connects // November 26, 2013

    Implementation difficulties with the Common Core have led to harsh criticism of the new standards. During his statewide tour, New York State Education Commissioner John King acknowledges that implementing the Common Core will be challenging, but says there is no reason to withdraw it.

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  8. Common Core: Essential for Educational Justice

    Capital New York // November 13, 2013

    Transitioning to the Common Core standards has not been easy but it is essential. On Tuesday, Education Commissioner of New York John King gave a speech to teachers at a Common Core training in Albany.

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  9. Bronx Teacher Supports Common Core and Teacher Evaluation Plans

    WNYC // November 12, 2013

    Despite common misconceptions, New York teachers support education reforms such as the Common Core and teacher evaluation systems. Recently, Bronx teacher Nick Lawrence testified in front of the New York State Senate Standing Committee on Education, voicing his support for change.

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Common Core News and Blog Items

  1. Albany Deal Keeps Evals in Place, but Safety Net Is Wrong-Headed

    Jenny Sedlis // June 19, 2014

    The end to this legislative session has once again shown us that the teachers union will protect ineffective teachers even if it means harming the education of our children. Despite their efforts to gum up the works, higher standards, rigorous state tests and a teacher evaluation system remain in place in New York State.

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  2. Union Leaders Criticize Common Core Implementation

    TNTP // February 21, 2014

    Recently, National Education Association president Dennis Van Roekel released a statement condemning the implementation of the Common Core standards. American Federation of Teachers president Randi Weingarten has previously expressed similar sentiment about the standards.

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  3. Opinion: Common Core Critics Need a Better Solution

    NY Daily News // February 19, 2014

    The Common Core standards raise the educational bar for New York students, better preparing them for college-level work and decent-paying jobs. While Common Core opponents have sternly criticized the initiative, they have failed to provide a superior alternative for New York education.

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  4. Opinion: We Must Improve the Common Core, Not Halt It

    The Buffalo News // February 17, 2014

    The New York State Education Department has indicated plans to slow down the implementation of the Common Core standards. Nancy Zimpher, State University of New York chancellor, writes an opinion piece explaining why a moratorium of the Common Core would be a bad decision for New York education.

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  5. Editorial: Educational Progress Must Go On

    Watertown Daily Times // February 15, 2014

    The New York State Board of Regents intends to push back the Common Core standards due to growing concerns about its implementation. This action will slow down necessary education reform.

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  6. NY Post Editorial: Governor Cuomo - The Students' Lobbyist

    New York Post // February 11, 2014

    On Monday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo criticized the New York Board of Regents for supporting a plan that would allow teachers to blame ineffective teaching on the Common Core roll-out. The backlash resulted in the board delaying action on the plan until April.

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  7. Statement from StudentsFirstNY Executive Director Jenny Sedlis on the Regents proposal to delay the stakes attached to the Common Core Standards

    StudentsFirstNY // February 10, 2014

    The report issued today clearly demonstrates that the Regents, Chancellor Tisch and Commissioner King have heard the concerns raised as New York moves to higher standards. We are pleased that the Regents reiterated their support for moving forward with higher standards while offering solutions for reducing the amount of class time spent on standardized tests.

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