Gov. Andrew Cuomo praised the tenure of outgoing Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch on Monday, but at the same time indicated he will push for broad reforms to the state’s education curriculum and Common Core standards.
Cuomo has come under fire for his education policies from the state’s teachers unions and state lawmakers reluctantly approved the changes in part because they were tied to a boost in state education aid.
The governor’s Common Core panel expects to have recommendations for Cuomo in changing the standards by January.
“This is also a time where you are going to see a lot of changes in the education system,” Cuomo said. “The Common Core system I think almost everyone uniformly agrees needs dramatic reform.”
Asked if he believed Tisch did a good job as chancellor, Cuomo called her “an extraordinary person.”
But he added: “We have a lot of changes to make in education.”
Cuomo's got trouble on the polling front.
No matter what he does these days, his poll numbers remain underwater.
The latest Siena poll has him at 40% approval and 58% disapproval despite his push for a higher minimum wage, a move that was supposed to help bolster his support from the left.
On education, he has 68% of voters in the Siena poll disapproving of his handling of education.
He's got low marks on the economy, infrastructure and corruption as well.
His poll numbers have been underwater for quite a while now too (he was at 42%-57% in last December's Siena poll, for example.)
So Cuomo's floundering, he's starting to get desperate and he doesn't know how to turn this around.
He's decided he's going to pay lip service to making changes to the Common Core with a review panel, but given that the people he appointed to his review panel are mostly pro-CCSS (and pretty much the same one's who rubberstamped what we've got now), it's hard to see how we get any substantive change from them.
In addition, he refuses to make any changes to his APPR teacher evaluation system that makes test scores 50% of a teacher's rating.
So, I dunno what changes he's talking about that are coming.
From what I can see, all we're getting is a change in rhetoric on testing and the Common Core, but not actual change to the top-down imposed policies and reform agenda.
And given that this is a guy who said he would "break" public schools, I hear "a lot of changes" from him more as a threat than anything else.