Senator Flanagan To Issue Report on Common Core

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Date:       Thursday, December 12, 2013

Time:       11:00 am

Location:   Suffolk Community College, Michael J. Grant Campus,   Health, Sports and Education Center Lecture Hall, 1001 Crooked Hill Road, Brentwood

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District), Chairman of the New York State Senate Standing Committee on Education, will be issuing a report of findings and recommendations related to the Committee’s series of statewide hearings entitled: Regents Reform Agenda: “Assessing” Our Progress.  The report will include an overview of the testimony heard by the Committee and strong recommendations of administrative action that can be taken immediately by the State Education Department (SED) to address concerns regarding the Department’s flawed implementation of Common Core Learning Standards (CCLS).

 In addition, the report will include recommendations for budgetary action in the form of increased funding for professional development, as well as legislative proposals sponsored by Senator Flanagan to establish greater accountability for the recent changes to education policy in New York State and to address the concerns of unnecessary/over-testing of school-aged children and privacy issues related to the operation of a state-wide Education Data Portal (EDP).

The Senate Education Committee was the first official entity to hold statewide public hearings to gather testimony and recommendations from a wide variety of educational stakeholders on concerns related to the implementation of Common Core.  The report being issued contains critically important first steps that can be taken immediately by SED to address the concerns raised at the hearings, and includes recommendations for budgetary and legislative action that can be take by the Legislature and Executive upon their return to Albany in January for the 2014 Legislative Session.

 “Regardless of where you live, all parents want the same thing for their children – a good education,” stated Senator Flanagan.  “Our State’s most basic obligation is to make sure all students are given the best chance at success in school and life.  Setting rigorous academic standards to ensure that all students are college and career ready should always be an important goal.  However, it must balanced by a fair and even implementation of those new standards to allow our children to adjust and adapt appropriately.  The recommendations contained within this report are a good first step in taken corrective action on the problems associated with implementing new state learning standards.”

The report will be submitted to the Board of Regents, Commissioner of Education and Governor.

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