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NY Gov. Race May Be Referendum on Common Core

By    |   Friday, 17 Oct 2014 09:07 PM

New York's gubernatorial race could be a testing ground for discontent with Common Core as voters decide whether to vote for incumbent Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who supports the education standards, or Republican Rob Astorino, who opposes them.

"Teachers are very frustrated," Adam Urbanski, president of the Rochester Teachers Association, told the Poughkeepsie Journal.

"This is a dilemma. I wouldn't be surprised if most of them did not vote, which is tragic because ... how you bring about change in a democracy is through the ballot box."

Parents also have been vocal about the standards, with many taking the option to keep their children out of new tests aligned with Common Core.

The tougher tests led to a dramatic drop in scoring: 33.1 percent of third-through-eighth graders were deemed proficient on English Language Arts exams during the 2012-13 school year, down from 55.1 percent the previous year, the newspaper reports.

"I think you will see a lot of votes that otherwise would have gone to Cuomo who will go to Astorino and [Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins] because of this issue," said Lisa Rudley, a co-founder of New York State Allies for Public Education, a coalition of parent groups. "I think parents are more engaged than ever."

But Cuomo is adamant about the standards – and tying funding to performance.

"We're now saying to the public education system: You have to perform, and you're not just going to get funded for process," Cuomo said Wednesday, Breitbart News reports.

"You're going to get funded for performance. That is a big deal, and that is a big shift when you've had a public monopoly since its existence."

Astorino, meanwhile, has pledged to rescind the Common Core standards in New York State and replace them with in-state developed standards.

"Now we know what we're getting into [with Common Core]: a true experiment, an experiment where we may not get the answers for 10 or 15 years to see if it ever worked," Astorino said last month, Breitbart News reports.

"And in the meantime, we're subjecting a generation of kids to something they can never get back."

Common Core is the "No. 1 issue why I will be voting," parent Julie Fajardo, told the Poughkeepsie Journal.

"I am so completely against it. I want it taken away from my schools. I’m tired of the loss of local control and we have no voice in our children’s education."

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New York's gubernatorial race could be a testing ground for discontent with Common Core as voters decide whether to vote for incumbent Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who supports the education standards, or Republican Rob Astorino, who opposes them.
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