There’s a big change at state’s largest teacher’s union, New York State United Teachers, as members elected new leadership after months of unrest over the state’s flawed roll out of the new Common Core standards..
State lawmakers say it’s likely the state budget will include a moratorium on the effects of school exams administered in connection with the controversial Common Core learning standards.
The State Assembly has already passed a bill to delay the effects of the new Common Core tests on students and teachers, after widespread complaints that schools and the state education department were not adequately prepared to make the needed curriculum changes.
Education funding advocates, including actress Cynthia Nixon, made a last minute pitch for extra money for schools in the state budget. Meanwhile a new poll finds many New Yorkers think the quality of education in the state is deteriorating.
Sex and the City star Cynthia Nixon has a child entering college as well as one in kindergarten. She says Governor Cuomo’s education policies in New York have increased inequality and led to two separate school systems within the public schools, one for the rich and one for the poor.
The Dream Act is dead for now in New York State, after the State Senate voted down the measure that would have granted college tuition aid to the children of undocumented immigrants. The 30 to 29 vote defeating the Dream Act left leaders of rival Democratic factions pointing fingers.
Senate Independent Democratic Conference Leader Jeff Klein , who is in a ruling coalition with the Republicans , says he’s disappointed that two Democrats joined the GOP to vote no on the bill to allow tuition aid for children of undocumented immigrants.
The Senate and Assembly are set to begin conference committee meetings on Monday, now that both houses have finished with their resolutions laying out their positions.
Sticking points include funding for Charter schools. Governor Cuomo and Senate Republicans want to restore changes made by New York City Mayor Bill deBlasio to three charter schools. The mayor says the schools can no longer have rent free space in existing public school buildings. Cuomo, speaking at a business lunch, says protecting charter schools will be one of his top priorities in the budget.