Common Core Update: Palmesano’s Apple Plan
January 27, 2014
Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R,-Corning) recently joined his Assembly Republican colleagues at a press conference to unveil the Achieving Pupil Preparedness and Launching Excellence (APPLE) Plan — the Assembly Minority Conference’s educational initiative to enact Common Core reforms.
The APPLE Plan is the culmination of eleven statewide educational forums held by the Assembly Minority Conference where they listened to testimony expressing the concerns of parents, teachers, students and administrators about the problems they have experienced relative to the new Common Core Standards. With an attendance of approximately 300 people, the legislators and public listened to nearly 5 hours of testimony that was given by 40 parents, students and educators at a December 5th forum held in Corning, NY hosted by Assembly members Phil Palmesano and Chris Friend.
“I am proud that our conference has led the effort in highlighting the problems with Common Core and its disastrous implementation. It is vitally important that we act to address the concerns we heard from so many parents, students, teachers and administrators. It is equally important that State Education Department Commissioner King and the Board of Regents recognize these problems and act to correct them, rather than dismiss them out of hand. It is imperative that we ensure our children receive the best education possible as we empower our teachers to unleash their creativity in the classroom, and not stifle them with micromanagement and teach-to-test mandates,” concluded Assemblyman Phil Palmesano.