In an exclusive Capital Tonight interview, NYSUT President Dick Iannuzzi revealed he will soon ask his Board of Directors to bring an apparently unprecedented vote of no confidence on state Education Commissioner John King in response to what the union feels is a failure to respond to the growing concerns over the Common Core curriculum.
“The frustration level is overwhelming,” Iannuzzi said of his membership. “…The time has come. We have to address this now, and what we see is a state Ed Department that’s saying: Let’s see how much time we can buy, maybe this will go away.”Iannuzzi could not recall such a vote being taken before.
He said the NYSUT Board of Directors will meet within the next two weeks, and he feels confident they will approve his request. The resolution will then go before the union’s full representative assembly in April – assuming, Iannuzzi said, that if by that time its call for a three-year moratorium on using Common Core exam results for so-called “high-stakes decisions” on teacher evaluations has not been heeded.
King has so far rejected the union’s quest for a moratorium, saying it’s a “distraction” from the goal of using the Common Core to improve student performance.
SED spokesman Dennis Tompkins had the following response:
“The moratorium NYSUT wants would require a change in state law. But talk of a moratorium is a distraction. The focus should be on our students.”
“Every year, 140,000 high school students leave high school without the skills they need to succeed in college or a career. The evaluation system and the Common Core together will help our students succeed. NYSUT’s leadership should honor the commitments they’ve repeatedly made to both.”
Shelly Silver said this week if the Regents do not fix the problems with their education reform agenda, the Legislature will do it for them.
It remains to be seen how far any of these "fixes" will go.
Frankly I agree with Tompkins that the call for a three year moratorium on high stakes attached to the tests is a distraction.
NYSUT ought to be looking to derail the whole reform agenda, starting with Common Core and moving on to APPR and the testing and the inBloom data project.
The three year moratorium does not go far enough in any way, shape or form.