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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Education Reformers Not Worried Reform Agenda Will Suffer With John King's Departure

Jessica Bakeman has a piece at Capital NY reporting that NYSED Commissioner John King's departure from the scene will have little impact on the education reform agenda being imposed on the state's students, teachers and schools:

In the upcoming session, Cuomo has already hinted at a robust education agenda that includes further strengthening teacher evaluations and boosting the charter school sector.

Jenny Sedlis, executive director of StudentsFirstNY, a education group that’s closely aligned with Cuomo on issues related to schools, said she’s not concerned that her priorities will suffer in King’s absence.

“There is incredible momentum behind raising standards for students and teachers and for increasing the number of high quality charter schools,” Sedlis said. “So I think John King has laid a strong foundation, and we’ll all be able to build off of that.”

As I posted last night, Regents Chancellor Tisch has also indicated that the reform agenda will continue apace.

That means more charters, "strengthened" teacher evaluations, the continued implementation of the Common Core, more Engage NY curriculum, and continued teacher and traditional public school bashing from Albany.

The political functionaries come and go, the education reform agenda to privatize schools, bust the teachers union and deprofessionalize teaching goes on forever.

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