During the past year, the Regents have faced a rising tide of anti-test protests by parents and teachers unions who are angered by added pressures on students and on teachers, whose performance evaluations depend partly on test results.
On Long Island, protest rallies in Brookville, Patchogue, Old Westbury and Hicksville over the past week have drawn thousands of participants.
On March 10, state lawmakers led by Assembly Democrats responded to public anger by ousting two longtime Regents who had sought new terms.Merryl Tisch of Manhattan, chancellor of the Regents board, who has led a drive for higher academic standards since 2010, said Monday she would resist any move to reverse course. Tisch acknowledged, however, that greater flexibility in graduation requirements is needed."When people push back, I listen," she said.
Sure you do.
Were it not for the Assembly ousting some long-time Regents like Bob Bennett, you wouldn't have cared a whit about the pushback.
That much was clear during the Common Core Tour you and former NYSED Commissioner John King took after King had his Poughkeepsie meltdown and railed at parents.
It was clear during the Common Core Tour that you were putting on a dog and pony show and planning no substantive changes as a result of the feedback you got from students, parents or teachers about the state's education policies.
Now after a couple of fellow ed deform shills on the Board of Regents get whacked, you're claiming to be responsive.
You fool no one with these claims.
Actions speak louder than words and your actions in support of a top-down corporate education reform model for the school system have been loud and clear.