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Teachers' union withdraws support from Common Core

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Over the weekend the New York State United Teachers union board voted to withdraw their support of Common Core standards.

They also passed a vote of no confidence in State Education Commissioner John King.

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Sarah Harris
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Dick Iannuzzi, president of NYSUT,  says implementation of the new Common Core standards is deeply flawed: "The Common Core is supposed to be a set of high standards that will raise expectations of what we hope our young people will be able to achieve, but you can never really know if you’re going in the right direction if you continue to insist on implementing them through curriculum modules and an obsession with testing that prevents you from understanding the value."

Iannuzzi says the state keeps asking schools to take on huge new projects with less and less resources, and that the board’s vote sends a strong message: "That means the professional that stands in front of children, who speaks to parents, who works with building principals, who helps to guide policy, have made a very strong statement that’s different than the commissioner."

The teacher’s union has called for a three-year moratorium on high stakes testing while educators weigh the pros and cons of the Common Core standards.

State Education Commissioner John King and Chancellor Meryl Tisch issued a statement in response to the NYSUT vote. That said that while they’re willing to make changes to the way the Common Core has been implemented, “now is not the time to weaken standards for teaching and learning.”

Commissioner King defended the new standards at a joint Senate and Assembly hearing yesterday.

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