Downstate State Senator Trying To Pass ReformsTo Common Core
December 16, 2013
LONG ISLAND, NY – State Senator John Flanagan (R, Long Island) wants to make several changes to common core, such as relaxing testing on students with disabilities, increasing funding for the professional development of teachers. and forcing the state to produce all the missing or incomplete curriculum modules immediately.
The Long Island Republican is also trying to get laws passed that would ban standardized testing in students Pre-K through 2nd grade, a move supported by State Senator Tom O’Mara (R, Big Flats). “The objective here is to raise our educational standards statewide for our children, but not to do it in a way that overwhelms our children with standardized tests,” O’Mara said, on Brian O’Neil’s weekend show, Top Story.
Supporters of common core say common core pushes teachers to work harder on lesson plans.