October 27, 2016
An Open Letter to the American People
My Fellow Americans:
It’s hard to believe that it’s already been seven years since the installation of the Common Core State Standards in New York State. Two years since we legitimized our movement in the gubernatorial election of 2014, and yes, it’s hard to believe that Common Core still remains unchecked in our schools and community organizations.
Over the last few years, I have had the honor and privilege of travelling to every county in our great state. I have been given the opportunity to speak and reach out to teachers, parents, children, and concerned citizens. The road has been long, and while the waiting has been the hardest part, what has given me hope is seeing the faith and heart of those determined to take back local control of our educational system from unchecked federal governmental encroachment.
With all of the disappointments and lack of statesmanship in this year’s political season, the greatest disappointment lies in the fact that there have been hours and hours of nonsensical noise while lacking a substantive discussion of arguably our most important institution: the education of our youth.
As we approach our final ten days of the current election cycle, let us finally be as we always have been as New Yorkers and Americans: those who have led history for the good of all our people.
This election won’t be the end of the world, but as evident from the last seven years, more of the same will mean the end of the world as we know it. So when you go to the polls this November 8, or if you are voting early by absentee ballot, send a message to Albany and vote the Reform line (formerly Stop Common Core).
And as far as the top of the ballot goes, I know it has been very difficult to hear through the white noise. But if Common Core is one of your top issues, or your number one issue, know that on Common Core, the frontrunners have a decisive difference between them: Hillary Clinton has always supported national standards and will perpetuate Common Core, while Donald Trump has vowed to end it and bring back local control to parents and communities.
I have enjoyed navigating the roads of our great state, from the beaches of Long Island to the metropolis of the City, those along our majestic rivers that have guided us northward to our amazing historical Capital region and westward through the mountainous interior of our Catskills and Adirondacks. To our rural heartland, and finally to our natural wonder of our legendary Falls, but I would like to be honest with you: I would like the road to come to an end. I long for the day when I will pull into my driveway knowing our work is finished, our children are safe, and Common Core is dead.
With that said, regardless of this election’s outcome, we won’t back down. We will continue to fight as long as it takes. Because, we are New Yorkers. We are Americans. That’s what we do. We lead history for the good of all of our people.