Pol- i – tiks

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Cuomo's Gotta Go!

Why no mention of Common Core in State of State? It’s here. Double Down. REFUSE!

Politics  is use of intrigue or strategy in obtaining any position of power or control, as in business, university, etc. And in the case of the Common Core Politics there were several strategies deployed to poison New York Schools.

The Common Core came into New York with the bait of the Race to the Top grant signed by Governor Patterson. Then there were bills that became laws. One law was to enforce a longitudinal data system that tracks personal information on the children of New York. And another law was to squeeze teacher in a new rating system called the APPR.

There are more arguments against the Common Core. It broke several rules of laws, flies in the face of what early childhood education should be and is literally harming our children, and our politicians (most of them) have turned their backs on the children.

Why do they do that? Why do they turn their backs? Is it because children don’t vote? Maybe these politicians forgot that there is a mom and dad and grandma and grandpa – someone who cares about that little child of God – attached and will do everything possible to protect that child.

There is a lot you can do to help push back on Common Core; run for your school board and serve the voters – let the public know parents can opt out and they are not breaking the law, run for Assembly or State Senate, hand out refuse the test materials and Stop Common Core bookmarks, host a Refuse the Test rally and an Education Forum, share articles from our website and call your State Senator and let him know you want them to sponsor/co-sponsor the full repeal of Common Core bill which is the companion bill to Assemblyman Al Graf’s bill.

Do you want to know what your elected Assemblyman and State Senator did to Stop Common Core? We’ll be publishing the records which are available for you to view on the New York State website.  In the mean time here is a letter from Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney.

Bio of Claudia Tenney

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New York Assembly District 101

New York Assembly District 101

To:      New Yorkers United for Kids

From:   Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney

Date:   November 30, 2015

Re:       Common Core Legislation 2015


The bills listed below, proposals to repeal and reform Common Core in New York, were not given the chance to come to the floor for a vote. Most of the bills are held in the Education Committee.



A.3656 (TENNEY IS A COSPONSOR, held in the Education Committee) Delays State Common Core testing for all students until after a comprehensive review of Common Core is completed by a Blue Ribbon Commission of education experts.


A.3896 (Held in Ways and Means Committee)– Reallocates funds to create a Collaborative Curriculum Development Fund to aid in the implementation of the Common Core Standards.


A.5142 (TENNEY IS A COSPONSOR, held in the Education Committee) – Withdraws New York State from the Common Core and Race to the Top programs.


A.7663 (Held in Education) – Repeals provisions related to teacher evaluations and discontinues the use of Common Core assessments toward teacher evaluations for the 2014-15 and 2015-16 school years for teachers rated developing or ineffective.




A.6025 (TENNEY IS A COSPONSOR, held in the Education Committee) – Enacts the Common Core Parental Refusal Act, which requires school districts to notify parents of students in Grades 3-8 of their right to opt their children out of State assessments.


A.8024 (TENNEY IS A COSPONSOR, held in the Education Committee) – Requires the Commissioner of Education to release all standardized test content, questions, and answers along with all data regarding the number of students who both completed and chose to opt-out of the exams for public review within 30 days of the completion of testing.




A.2245 (TENNEY IS A COSPONSOR, held in the Education Committee) – Requires the Commissioner of Education to post previous Common Core and other standardized examinations on SED’s website.


A.8387 (Introduced in September 2015, referred to Education Committee) – Requires the Commissioner of Education to release the test questions and answers from the most recently administered English Language Arts and Mathematics examinations in Grades 3 through twelve, establishes a content review committee to review all standardized test items and prevents any teacher, principal, or superintendent from entering into a confidentiality agreement with their school district.




A.3786 (TENNEY IS A COSPONSOR, held in the Education Committee) – Requires legislative approval of all policies adopted by the Board of Regents that would have a cumulative impact of over $1 million.


A.2754 (Held in Education Committee) – Requires any changes by the Board of Regents that impose an unfunded mandate on school districts to also be approved by the Legislature and Governor prior to implementation. Requires a two-thirds super-majority vote in a joint session to elect each Regent representing the State’s 13 judicial districts, thereby requiring bi-partisan support for each regent.


A.6109 (TENNEY IS A COSPONSOR, held in the Education Committee) – Authorizes the Senate and Assembly to commission an independent management study of the Board of Regents and SED.


A.3915 (Held in Education) – Restructures the selection process of the Board of Regents by: establishing the Commission on Regent Nomination to screen nominees to be submitted to the Legislature; and requiring public hearings on the nominees and empowering the Governor to choose the chancellor and vice-chancellor from among the members of the Board of Regents.


A.2489 (Held in Education) – Provides that there shall be 13 members of the Board of Regents (one representing each judicial district) and that they shall be elected at a general election held in November.




A.3666 (TENNEY’S BILL, held in the Education Committee ) Relates to school district eligibility for an increase in apportionment of school aid and implementation of new standards for conducting annual professional performance reviews to determine teacher and principal effectiveness, in relation to providing a four percent across the board increase to funding allocated to school districts in New York state


  1. 3705 (TENNEY’S BILL, held in the Education Committee) This bill would prohibit the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA) from being applied to Incentive Operating Aid (IOA) for merging school districts.


A.1091-A (TENNEY IS A COSPONSOR, Held in Education) – Requires the State to pay down the GEA in two years.


In August, Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney joined Members of the Education Committee in sending a letter to Commissioner Mary Ellen Elia which asked her to re-evaluate New York’s approach in delivering the appropriate education to our children. The letter also asked her to consider solutions that will restore control to local school boards and ensure that curriculum and testing are age and developmentally appropriate.




In the 2014-15 Enacted Budget, the Legislature made changes to Common Core implementation. The Budget:


  • Prohibits standardized testing for pre-kindergarten through second grade.


  • Prohibits ELA and Math State assessment scores from being placed on a student’s transcript.


  • Prohibits promotion or placement decisions based solely on Grade 3-8 State assessments.


  • Upon successful receipt of a federal waiver, provides alternative testing options for special education students and English language learners.



  • Limits the time devoted to State-administered testing and test preparation.


  • Requires testing transparency reports, which will list every standardized test administered by a school district.


  • Requires expedited review of amendments to teacher evaluation plans if such changes relate to eliminating student assessments.



  • Provides for the increased availability of sample questions for the Grades 3-8 State tests.


  • Makes instructional tools and outreach materials related to the implementation of Common Core available to parents.



  • Prohibits SED from distributing any personally-identifiable student information to third-party data dashboard operators.


  • Offers professional development opportunities.



  • Enhances protections for personally-identifiable student information and creates penalties for breach of student and teacher data.


The 2015-16 Enacted Budget did little to address concerns about the Common Core Standards, but the budget did require the Chancellor of the Board of Regents to submit a report outlining recommendations to help reduce state and local testing.