#NYSOS 2016

#NYSOS 2016

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Today, Governor Cuomo gave his annual State of the State report. While he touched on many important topics what was interesting was what issues he chose to exclude, gloss over, and tell untruths about. One of these topics was K-12 education, he spent less time talking about education then he did other topics and he failed to address Common Core and state testing. He said that his goal was to, “not rest until our K-12 system is the best in the nation” but he failed to mention the damaging effects of common core or the fact that the only way our state can reach this goal is through a full repeal. He claimed this year the state made “dramatic changes” that reduced testing, increased parental participation, and empowered local districts. He failed to say how he achieved that and when on to state that, “the educational system fails without parental trust period. Our goal was to restore that trust and we would correct the common core implementation mistakes and testing regiment. Time has proven this was the correct decision.” Really? What time? If fixing the common core implementation mistakes was the correct decision then why did he open the segment on K-12 education by mentioning that 20% of our kids opted out of the exam with some districts having a 90% opt out rate? I would hardly consider this a sign that parents have restored trust in the educational system. Cuomo noted that 2015 saw parents losing faith in the educational system and he would start to restore it by increasing spending to schools over the next few years to the tune of $25billon and providing a $200 tax credit for teachers. He failed to state the obvious fact that the reason why so many parents have lost their faith was because of the negative and damaging effects the Common Core Standards have on our kids. If Cuomo really wants to restore parental trust and meet his goal for making New York’s educational system the best in the nation, then he needs to take immediate action and order a full repeal of Common Core and let’s end the testing. Time to Double Down New York!

Cathy Sapeta