Tag: Al Graf

State lawmakers joined Common Core opponents in criticizing President Barack Obama’s nomination of former New York State Education Commissioner John King for U.S. Secretary of Education in the first day of confirmation hearings Thursday. King, who assumed the role of acting secretary in January, remains a lightning rod for fury among parents and teachers across New York State upset about his botched implementation of the controversial Common Core education reforms, which led to hundreds of thousands of students across the state and nation “opting out” of taking the standardized tests.

Results of the other 21 Assembly seats on LI were largely predictable.

“The moment a choice is taken away from a parent, that’s the moment when public education is destroyed. The moment when choice is taken away from a teacher, then public education is destroyed.”

"The curriculum was pushed in so quickly along with the testing that there was no chance to prepare.”

“The public is beyond frustrated.”

The parents and teachers opposing the program say they are fighting for something beyond a price tag: the minds of their children and students.