New York Governor Andrew Cuomo Names Panel on the Common Core!

Dear Commons Community,

After months of parents and teachers calling for New York State Commissioner John King’s resignation, Gov. Andrew Cuomo appointed a panel to recommend improvements in the state’s rollout of the Common Core Curriculum.  As reported in The Post-Standard:

“The governor announced in his budget address last month that he would create a panel to recommended fixes to what he said was a “flawed” implementation of the new standards.

The panel will begin its work after a Board of Regents task force discusses its recommendations Monday, and after top legislative leaders already have recommended their own changes.

The governor said the panel should “speedily recommend improvements,” but gave no timeline other than “before the end of the legislative session.”

The panel is chaired by an IBM executive and includes two teachers and one member whose sole designation is “parent.”

The members are:

  • Stanley S. Litow, vice president, IBM Corporate Citizenship and Corporate Affairs and president, IBM International Foundation (Chair)
  • State Sen. John Flanagan, Senate Education Committee chair (Senate appointee)
  • Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan, Assembly Education Committee chair (Assembly appointee)
  • Linda Darling-Hammond, Charles E. Ducommun professor of education, Stanford University Graduate School of Education
  • Todd Hathaway, teacher, East Aurora High School (Erie County)
  • Alice Jackson-Jolley, parent (Westchester County)
  • Anne Kress, president, Monroe Community College
  • Nick Lawrence, teacher, East Bronx Academy for the Future (NYC)
  • Delia Pompa, senior vice president of programs, National Council of La Raza
  • Charles Russo, superintendent, East Moriches UFSD (Long Island)
  • Dan Weisberg, EVP & General Counsel, The New Teacher Project”

The panel make-up is “downstate” heavy.  Regardless, something has to be done to clean-up the disastrous implementation of the Common Core in New York.



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