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Canton Central School. Photo: Lizette Haenel
Canton Central School. Photo: Lizette Haenel

Common Core teacher protections won't be a part of NYS regents recs, for now

The state Board of Regents at the last minute reversed course and decided not to hold a final vote on some changes to weaken implementation of the Common Core standards in New York (read more about the proposed changes here.)


The board was set to vote on a recommendation that the state offer teachers some protections if they are fired during the next two years, and delay the effects of Common Core on high school seniors for five more years, until 2022.

The board adopted the delay for the high school students. But they postponed a vote on a plan to allow teachers who are dismissed to argue that they were unable to teach properly because of inadequate implementation of the Common Core standards.  Go to full article
5th grade math at Canton Central School. NCPR file photo: Sarah Harris
5th grade math at Canton Central School. NCPR file photo: Sarah Harris

Will Common Core recs save schools, or just make everyone mad?

This story has been updated; read that update here.

In a report issued Monday, a committee within the New York State Board of Regents recommended the state delay some requirements of the federal Common Core standards (read the full report here.)

But some state lawmakers, including Gov. Andrew Cuomo, are still questioning whether the Regents are going far enough to remedy what critics say is a "flawed" rollout of the new standards; and Gov. Cuomo has appointed his own committee to look at the problems.  Go to full article
State education commissioner John King at a Common Core forum in Schroon Lake last fall. Photo: Ian Lowe, high school senior at Schroon Lake Central School, used by permission
State education commissioner John King at a Common Core forum in Schroon Lake last fall. Photo: Ian Lowe, high school senior at Schroon Lake Central School, used by permission

Legislators ask tough questions about Common Core

The State's Education Commissioner testified at a legislative budget hearing where he once again heard complaints from concerned lawmakers on the fast track adoption of the new national Common Core standards.  Go to full article
New York State Education Department building in Albany, NY. Photo: <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:NYSED_Building_Night_2.JPG">Matt Wade</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
New York State Education Department building in Albany, NY. Photo: Matt Wade, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Teachers' union withdraws support from Common Core

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.  Go to full article

NY Regents recommend school aid increase

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) A Board of Regents subcommittee has voted to recommend a $1.3 billion increase in state aid for New York schools next year, along with fairer funding for high-needs districts and bigger investments in universal pre-kindergarten programs and teacher training.

The recommendations announced Monday are expected to be approved by the full board and sent to the state Legislature.  Go to full article
State eduation commissioner John King fielding questions at a forum on Common Core earlier this year in Schroon Lake. Photo: Ian Lowe, used by permission
State eduation commissioner John King fielding questions at a forum on Common Core earlier this year in Schroon Lake. Photo: Ian Lowe, used by permission

NY education chief due at Buffalo forum on reforms

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) New York Education Commissioner John King Jr. is due in Buffalo for the latest in a series of forums on the Common Core, teacher evaluations and other reforms.

Thursday's forum with King and Regents Robert Bennett is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. at WNED-TV, which will broadcast the hour-long session live.  Go to full article
Common Core isn't working for everyone, including (according to her parents) six- year-old Maddie. Photo: courtesy of Jennifer Hansen
Common Core isn't working for everyone, including (according to her parents) six- year-old Maddie. Photo: courtesy of Jennifer Hansen

Common Core: looking for alternatives

Common Core is making its way into classrooms across New York state. The new standards and curriculum emphasize conceptual learning and critical thinking. But that approach doesn't work for all students.  Go to full article
5th grade math. Photo: Sarah Harris
5th grade math. Photo: Sarah Harris

Inside school: navigating Common Core

Common Core has become a lightning rod for dissatisfaction with educational policy. New York's Education Commissioner John King has been shouted down at public forums accompanying the roll out of the new federal standards in state schools this fall.

For teachers, Common Core isn't just a talking point. They have to find place for the new standards and recommended curriculum in their classrooms.
At Canton Central School, teachers are trying to figure out what Common Core means for them and their students.  Go to full article

"Day of Action" planned by NY teachers, union

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Teachers across New York will wear blue and rally for more funding and less testing as part of a national "Day of Action" organized across numerous states.

Richard Iannuzzi, president of New York State United Teachers, says he's starting Monday at an event at Nyack High School with American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten, parents and legislators.

Events are also planned in Albany, Binghamton, Rochester, Syracuse, New York City, Yonkers, the Buffalo suburb of West Seneca, and at least two dozen other states.  Go to full article

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