Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver told reporters in Albany on Tuesday there should be a slower implementation of the Common Core standards, but declined to say if there should be a legislative fix to its issues.
Rather, the speaker said he is waiting to see the implementation recommendations from the state Board of Regents.
“At first blush we’d like to see a sensible implementation plan from the Board of Regents,” Silver said, adding: “I await their determination. I think it’s something that belongs in the purview of the Regents.”Asked if he backed Education Commissioner John King, Silver said he did, adding he also “has confidence” in Regents Chancellor Meryl Tisch.
In other words, Silver doesn't want to do anything if he can help it, he still backs his childhood friend, Merryl Tisch, and nothing of substance is going to change in NY State education policy until some of these Legislators are made to pay a political price for their support of the reforms.
Clearly, the political establishment is not worried enough beyond feeling the need to pay lip service to the concerns of parents and teachers around the state over CCSS, APPR, testing and inBloom.
More work to do to make these politicians realize if they support the reforms, they pay a stark political price.
We'll get there - the longer the reform agenda goes on, the more people who join the anti-reform side.