Assemblyman Anthony Palumbo (right) at a Common Core forum last year in Eastport. (Credit: Carrie Miller, file)
There may be another party line on the November ballot for state office seekers.
Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, the GOP challenger facing Governor Andrew Cuomo in the upcoming election, has launched a petition effort to establish a Stop Common Core party line focused on capturing voters unhappy with the controversial Common Core State Standards initiative. (more…)
Educators packed a forum at Eastport-South Manor High School last December to express their displeasure over the Common Core. (Credit: Carrie Miller, file)
A new state law has spared teachers from being judged based on their student’s Common Core test results — at least not yet. (more…)
The Riverhead Charter School in Calverton.
Riverhead Charter School has been in and out of the local newspapers this year due to allegations of “Union busting.” The local newspapers have done an excellent job with covering these allegations. We commend the media for providing the public with unbiased accounts of the happenings at RCS. (more…)
Southold School District Superintendent David Gamberg. (Credit: Jennifer Gustavson, file)
To the editor:
Southold School District Superintendent David Gamberg has been an outspoken critic of the Common Core Learning Standards implementation and its testing requirements. So his expressed desire to apply “common sense” to education is not surprising.
But hey, it’s common sense to put things back where you found them. But why, then, are shopping carts all over the parking lot at the end of a market day? (more…)
David Gamberg during a school board meeting in Southold. (Credit: Jennifer Gustavson, file)
What would make the most sense about developing and promoting the necessary ingredients for a high-quality public education system in the United States? Would it be an agenda made up of the highest standards possible? Of course, but in and of itself this would fall short of a full-bodied agenda for success. (more…)
Riverhead superintendent Nancy Carney, left, and Shoreham-Wading River Superintendent Steven Cohen.
Amid increasingly intense scrutiny of standardized testing as a means of improving teacher and student performance, the opt-out movement — which encourages refusal to take the tests used to measure New York’s educators — appears to be gaining some traction locally. This year, in the Riverhead and Shoreham-Wading River districts, and at the Riverhead Charter School, more parents than ever before are refusing to let their children sit for the upcoming state assessments. (more…)
Pulaski Street School assistant principal Stephen Hudson gives a presentation in January about how Common Core math is being implemented in fifth and sixth grades. (Credit: Jennifer Gustavson, file)
The Riverhead School District will host a public forum for parents Thursday night to discuss how Common Core standards are being achieved inside the classroom.
The meeting is scheduled to start at 6 p.m. in the high school’s large instructional room. (more…)
We’ve heard a lot recently about the “new” SAT, the national standardized test created and marketed by the private, not-for-profit College Board and used by many colleges and universities as the most important part of their admissions process. It is in the news because of the fear it instills in almost every high school student in America: the underlying message is “Blow the SAT and forget about your future.” (more…)