From our Ken Lovett in Albany:* It’s not that often that a Board of Regents meeting can be called “much anticipated.” But give the controversy surrounding the implementation of the Common Core curriculum, today’s meeting could get interesting. Very interesting. State lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have called for delays and changes or they vow to do it legislatively. Four positions on the Board of Regents are up and some lawmakers are grumbling incumbents could be set free unless something is done about Common Core. At the same time, state Education Commissioner John King, who reports to the Board of Regents, has been a staunch defender of the curriculum. Gov. Cuomo, meanwhile, has formed a panel to study the issue and has asked the Legislature to hold off on acting until it reports in the spring. Other than that, should be pretty boring.
The Regents, SED, Cuomo and the editorial boards of many of the state's newspapers are still trying to save their pressure reforms.
I would doubt we get much out of today's meeting except lip service about hearing parent and educator concerns and looking for ways to address those concerns while still maintaining the drive to full CCSS implementation.
This will be the same message we get from Cuomo's CCSS panel too.
We're a long way from meaningful change to the Regents/SED/Cuomo reform agenda, because these people are still under the impression that the CCSS can be saved.
What they don't seem to understand is, the more students, parents and teachers come into contact with the CCSS, the less popular the standards become.