@NYSchoolSupts @Newsday I was in the room. Tisch did say Cuomo yelled at her reAPPR. She told me to cancel our forum. "would make Andy mad".
— Carol Burris (@carolburris) December 23, 2013
In response to Burris' tweet, Chris Cerrone tweeted this:
@carolburris @NYSchoolSupts @Newsday legislator in my area said Cuomo told lawmakers that APPR was "costless way to improve schools". #bunk
— Chris Cerrone (@Stoptesting15) December 23, 2013
I have been posting the past few months how it is far past the time that we make Andrew Cuomo pay a political price for his education reform agenda.
There was a time when Cuomo bragged that this agenda was his, but ever since the parent revolt over Common Core, Endless Testing and inBloom, Cuomo has done his best to distance himself from the SED/Regents reforms.
But we know this is his reform agenda, we know he still wants it implemented, we know that the moneyed interests he serves want it implemented and we know that Cuomo will only walk back this reform agenda when he is made to pay a major political price for it.
And so, let's start making him pay that price.
We can begin by putting public pressure on him to take a stand on Common Core, inBloom, APPR, and the Endless Testing regime of SED and the Regents.
Here's a small beginning:
.@NYGovCuomo Will you take a stand on Common Core, APPR, inBloom? Do you still support these reforms?
— realitybasededucator (@perdidostschool) December 23, 2013
Give the governor a holler, either through email, phone call or tweet, and ask him if he continues to support his own education reform agenda.
He's been weirdly silent over the whole thing, even going so far as to refer to the Common Core State Standards as a "national curriculum" in order to take some pressure off the state implementation of the standards.
Governor Cuomo must not be allowed to get away with staying silent on these matters.
If he wants to continue to support inBloom, Common Core, APPR and Endless testing as he has in the past, that's fine.
But he should say that rather than hide in the shadows and have Tisch and King do his dirty work for him.
And then, once parents and teachers see where Cuomo stands publicly on these matters that mean very much to them, they can take the appropriate political actions to make Andrew Cuomo pay a major political price for his selling out of students, teachers and schools to the privatizers and edu-entrepreneurs.