“Upon returning from a two-week break, the Senate Republican majority met behind closed doors on Wednesday to discuss the ‘barrage of e-mails, visits [and] phone calls’ members have gotten from constituents regarding education policy changes that were included in the state budget, education committee chair John Flanagan said. The conference began having ‘extensive conversations’ about a bill dubbed the ‘Common Core parental refusal act,’ sponsored by Senator Terrence Murphy, a new Republican member from the lower Hudson Valley. The bill would require school districts to notify parents of their right to refuse Common Core-aligned tests.” http://capi.tl/1Ff9o8X
Yes, they're paying attention to the opt-out numbers, the social media barrages, the visits/emails/phone calls.
Now whether they do anything of consequence is a different matter.
I'm skeptical about that, as I wrote earlier.
These politicians have been softened up by the sheer intensity of the test opposition and anger over Cuomo's reform agenda that many voted for .
But so far, not one Albany politician has paid a political price for supporting the Endless Testing regime, Common Core or Cuomo's deform agenda.
No doubt the pols are listening but I'm not sure they're really had any "Come To Jesus" moments over this yet.
Until a political price is paid for supporting the Endless Testing regime, the Common Core or Cuomo's deform agenda, I suspect that we'll get more lip service out of our Albany politicians than actual change.
It's going to take one or two of these politicians getting taken out in a primary or general election for them to see that supporting deform can cost them politically.