As the fight over Common Core, high-stakes testing, the new APPR teacher evaluation system, and education commissioner John King’s leadership hits a fever pitch in New York State, Governor Andrew Cuomo has been silent for weeks. Today we finally get some quotes from Cuomo who declared himself “lobbyist” for the students of New York.
“It’s something(Common Core) we’re watching very closely, and it’s something that might be the subject of legislative changes next year,” Cuomo told reporters on Staten Island. “But it’s not anything that I control, so we are watching.”
Apparently Governor Cuomo has forgot how the system of checks and balances works? Coming from a governor known to bully passage of laws through the state legislature I find Cuomo’s comment full of hypocrisy. Cuomo has been strangely absent as the self-appointed advocate for students while NYSED Commissioner King has been getting hammered by parents and educators on his Common Core forum tour around the state.
“Cuomo said some of the rollout of Common Core, which started last school year, has been “problematic.”
“It’s actually a decision that the state Education Department is going to make,” Cuomo said.”
Passing the buck. I guess Cuomo will be running for cover since his education policies are failing the very children he claims to support.
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