The New York State Assembly passed a bill to delay some of the effects of the state’s Common Core learning standards.
Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver says the bill delays the effects of the new learning standards for two more years, for both students, and teachers. Teachers fear that they will be evaluated on their pupils’ test scores when there wasn’t enough time to prepare and teach the new material.
Governor Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill deBlasio spoke at dueling rallies on education at the State Capitol that highlighted the two politicians’ differences over education issues.
A rally to promote New York City Mayor Bill deBlasio’s plan for universal pre-kindergarten had been planned for weeks. The mayor spoke to around 1500 union members, urging them to put the pressure on state lawmakers to approve in the state budget the mayor’s plan to provide the classes for thousands of four year olds starting in September.
The deadline for the state budget is approaching, and education issues are taking center stage. One day before massive rallies for universal pre-K and charter schools, other advocates say they’ve gathered evidence for potentially another lawsuit for more state aid for schools.
The Alliance for Quality Education has been touring schools around the state to document what they say is erosion in districts in economically depressed areas.
Governor Cuomo seems to have gained the upper hand and some new allies in his policy skirmish with New York City Mayor Bill deBlasio over how to fund pre-kindergarten, as the fight threatens to turn into an upstate downstate split.
Mayor deBlasio has been seeking permission from Governor Cuomo and the legislature to raise income taxes on the wealthy in order to pay for access to pre kindergarten for almost 75,000 four year old in New York City, arguing that it would help ease income inequality.