Hold on to your hats, Governor Cuomo has suddenly decided Common Core and the Endless Testing regime isn't the swellest thing since toast.
Guess what that means?
It's commission time!
In a statement, Gov. Cuomo just said he will create a commission to examine NY's Common Core implementation.— Jon Campbell (@JonCampbellGAN) September 3, 2015
Cuomo: 'the time has come for a comprehensive review of the implementation of the Common Core Standards, curriculum, guidance and tests'— Michael Gormley (@GormleyAlbany) September 3, 2015
Cuomo tasks his ed panel, experts to recommend changes to Common Core; Cuomo has in past supported CC, but said NY's rollout was flawed— Michael Gormley (@GormleyAlbany) September 3, 2015
Cuomo:'“We must have standards for New York’s students, but those standards will only work if people – esp. parents – have faith in them'— Michael Gormley (@GormleyAlbany) September 3, 2015
Now I'm sure this is all jive and the "comprehensive review of the implementation of the Common Core Standards, curriculum, guidance and tests" will be as flawed as Cuomo's Moreland Commission, LIPA Commission, and the previous education commission that Todd Hathaway sat on (and had his named signed to although he opposed the final report.)
In short, Cuomo will control this process from afar and the "review" will come out with the exact findings he wants.
But his calling for a "comprehensive review" of Common Core and the Endless Testing regime shows that Cuomo sees that the politics of education reform are dangerous these days and the old "Teachers Suck! Public schools suck! I'll hold them accountable!" agenda of the past that he's imposed doesn't work so well anymore.
Cuomo's more cunning than smart but even he can read the polling around this, see the opt out numbers and realize the rebellion against Common Core, testing and education reform in New York does NOT bode well for him.
Notice, however, what will NOT be part of the review - APPR.
More later as we get it.