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ALBANY -- Defying Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, state Assembly Democrats are drafting a bill that would delay teacher evaluations conducted under the new Common Core curriculum for two years.
The Democrats are expected to discuss the proposal in a closed-door conference Monday and perhaps vote on it later in the week, said a source who wished to remain anonymous.
Importantly, the introduction...Read more »
Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver took a jab Tuesday at Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s hand-picked ethics commission, saying it’s a taxpayer-funded “fishing expedition.”
Asked at a press conference about how much the Assembly has spent fighting subpoenas issued by Cuomo’s Commission to Investigate Public Corruption, Silver (D-Manhattan) sought to turn the focus to the commission itself and how much...Read more »
ALBANY – Rank-and-file legislators said Friday four incumbent Regents could be ousted if the state’s education policymaking board doesn’t act quickly to address the controversial Common Core academic standards, which has raised a furor across New York.
Normally, Regent elections are sleepy affairs, with incumbents reappointed as long as they want to continue serving on New York's education...Read more »
Stepping up previous warnings, leaders of the state Senate and Assembly called for a two-year delay Tuesday in using Common Core test results to make evaluations about teachers, principals and students.
The leaders also called for delaying the sharing of student information with a private “cloud-based” data firm until privacy and security concerns were "fully satisfied."
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Assemb. Fred Thiele Jr. (I-Sag Harbor) has been chosen to lead the Assembly Libraries and Education Technology Committee, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (D-Manhattan) announced Tuesday.
It’s the first committee chairmanship Thiele -- the lone Independence Party member in the state Legislature -- has received since being elected to the Assembly in 1995.
Thiele was originally elected...Read more »