Cuomo’s office released a video featuring the governor, who acknowledged changes are needed to the standards.
“I have heard the message clearly,” Cuomo said in the video. “We must taken action and we must take action now to fix our schools.”
And what action is he taking?
Why, putting the same guy in charge of the last rubber stamp education commission in charge of this rubber stamp commission:
Former Time Warner and Citigroup CEO Dick Parsons will lead Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s latest effort to overhaul the controversial Common Core education standards in New York, his office on Monday announced.
The panel will be charged with reviewing the standards and making a package of recommendations aimed at overhauling the standards.
The panel was formed as the Department of Education forms its own committee to review the standards.
The Parsons-led commission — which also includes Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia — is expected to have its recommendations ready by January, time for the governor to deliver his State of the State address.
Elia has already told us that she too hears parent concerns but we cannot go backward on the standards (i.e., "I really didn't hear you but am only making believe like I did...")
Now we've got Cuomo saying the same soothing words about hearing parent concerns but showing through his actions that he really didn't hear them at all.
The commission is supposed to report back to the governor before his January State of the State speech.
Frankly, they could just issue the report now because the whole process is rigged - just like the last time around.
If Cuomo and Elia think they're fooling anybody with this dog and pony show, I've got a Tappan Zee Bridge construction project to sell them.