Legislators, union in NY state call for timeout on Common Core curriculum

Legislators, union in NY state call for timeout on Common Core curriculum

In a joint statement, Senate leaders Dean Skelos and Jeff Klein—joined by Senate Education Committee Chairman John Flanagan—stated: “It is our belief that while the implementation of Common Core Learning Standards may have been well intended, it has been poorly executed.”

The resolution opposing the standards, passed by the board of the powerful New York State United Teachers, called for a three-year moratorium, and also demanded the resignation of state Education Commissioner John King Jr. The move has widely been seen as a blow to Common Core advocates who have long cited union support as a key argument for the new standards, as New York is considered a leader in adoption of the new standards.

Nationally, 45 states, Washington, D.C., and three territories have adopted the new “Common Core State Standards.” The standards, developed by educational experts and interest groups representing state leaders, are adopted and implemented by individual states but are part of a bid to create a more common set of expectations for students across the country in steps toward college readiness. More than half of students entering two-year colleges and nearly 20 percent of those entering four-year universities are enrolled in remedial classes, according to a 2012 Complete College America Report.

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