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Friday, May 22, 2015

New Senate Education Chair May Give Reformers Pause

So says State of Politics:

Incoming Senate Education Committee Chairman Carl Marcellino has backed a number of education-related bills over the years as well as measures designed to reform the Common Core standards and teacher evaluation system.

Marcellino on Friday was the announced appointment of Majority Leader John Flanagan to chair the education panel, which will take up a number of high-profile school-related issues in the remaining post-budget legislative session.

In a Facebook post earlier this year, Marcellino expressed opposition to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s education measures included in the budget.
“Let’s be clear. I do not support the Governor’s education reform proposals,” he wrote. “His plan is bad policy and bad for education. If it was up to me alone, these concepts would be off the table completely, but it takes the Senate, the Assembly and the Governor to craft a final budget. We must negotiate. Our Senate one house budget did not accept his plan and clearly states our intention to modify his flawed design.”

Marcellino also introduced a bill to delay the teacher evaluation deadline for districts until June 2017 and has backed legislation to release the questions and answers to the state Common Core tests.

State of Politics concludes:

Marcellino’s introduction of these bills could give those in the education reform movement some pause: Flanagan, as education committee chairman, was seen as generally supportive of Common Core-based standards.

I dunno - I'll reserve judgment until we see how Marcellino proceeds from here.

But it would be interesting if the new Senate ed chair was a little less reformy than the old one.


  1. It's the water all of NY State politicians are swimming in that is the issue and the problem....the reason we can't trust any of them, even those who have come out with strong statements against the Cuomo agenda.

    I'll stop holding back any optimism and having severe resignations the moment I reach 30 years. That's a solid 19 years off so we will see. We must proceed as if we have no real political allies....and be skeptical always of those that say they are with us.

    As of right now, the big money is on the reformers side. All their bullshit still is on the table one way or another. The fact that we still have to have such ridiculous conversations about teacher evals and accountability is proof that their side still is alive and strong. Organized teachers over the last decade have failed to grasp (not all of us, but those in the thinking spots in the unions) the true nature and goals of the reform movement....they failed to counter the rhetoric. So, we are still playing for the most part on a table the reformers set. A failure for sure.

    Anyway, yeah...nice to hear from this guy but as I proof will be my job and the profession as a whole surviving another couple decades.

  2. I'm finishing my 28th year, and am as skeptical as you are! Stay strong!

  3. Delay until June of 2017? HUHH? This gets more and more ridiculous. Mine as well delay it until 2025. Sounds better! Craziest system in the world, right behind Ethiopia.


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