Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced today that he will assemble a panel of educators and legislators to fix what he said was a "flawed" rollout of the Common Core learning standards in New York's schools.
"The way the Common Core has been managed by the Board of Regents is flawed," he said during his budget presentation in Albany. "There's too much uncertainty, confusion and anxiety."
Cuomo did not mention in his State of the State address two weeks agothe furor over the implementations of the standards, disappointing New York State United Teachers and others who have criticized the rollout.
The governor changed that in his presentation today, even though the announcement had no particular budget implications.
He said he supports the Common Core, but said it needs "a rational system that is well administered."
"Let's get recommendations for corrective action by the end of this session," he said. "Let's pass a package of corrective actions by the end of this session, and let's end the anxiety that the parents and teachers and students are feeling all across this state."
He said the panel will also look at standardized testing, and he called for a ban on standardized tests for children in kindergarten through second grade.
If the educators are Tisch, King or any of their ilk, you can bet no changes will come out of this review.
Cynical me, I think that's kinda the point.
Sheriff Andy wants to make it look like he's doing something about the Common Core implementation mess while really not doing anything about it.
Thus this "committee."
In short, stalling tactics by Sheriff Andy and Company.
We will not be fooled.
If this is another jive committee the way his education reform commission was, with the fix put in well before the findings were handed down, he will be held responsible.