ALBANY—The chairs of the Legislature’s education committees have introduced legislation that would make significant changes to the state’s education law and policies, including amending how the Board of Regents is elected and requiring education officials to revisit their decision to adopt the Common Core standards.
The bipartisan legislation, sponsored by Senator John Flanagan, a Long Island Republican, and Assemblywoman Cathy Nolan, a Queens Democrat, would also delay implementation of a new teacher evaluation system that was included in the recent state budget.
Further, the bill would require education officials to investigate the quality of state-administered standardized testing and release more questions and answers from the exams. The legislation includes an immediate $8.4 million allocation for the department to aid the release of the test information.
Read Bakeman's piece for all the details.
Some of these changes their proposing seem significant, some seem like windowdressing.
In any case, given the tumult in Albany over the Skelos arrest, the succession race to replace him, and the rumors that swirl about fed wiretaps and/or future corruption indictments, it's difficult to see how something like this makes it through.