Tag: Cuomo

Common Core Panel’s Recommendations

Politico New York is claiming that Governor Cuomo’s Common Core Task Force is ready to make recommendations now that it’s statewide “We’re not listening!” tour has concluded. Via Keshia Clukey in Politico New York… In its draft report of recommendations to the governor, the Common Core task force is calling for an overhaul of the …

Staggering Opt-Out Numbers Across New York

We are truly in the midst of a revolution and today is a historic day for public education in New York State.  Parents across the state have sent a clear message to Governor Cuomo that his education reform agenda is not something that they are willing to have jammed down their throats.  These are all …

State Budget Fallout

Tuesday evening was a night that will live in infamy for public education advocates in New York State.  It was a night that saw the New York State legislature pass legislation that will certainly prove to be more damaging to our state’s public schools than any other legislation passed in our history. The governor is certainly …

We’re Winning

In case you didn’t read it, yesterday Newsday published an OpEd by King Governor Cuomo.  The piece, titled “Ed fix clouded by the fog of protest” reeks of sheer desperation on Cuomo’s part.  Cuomo’s education agenda, highlighted by the teacher evaluation scheme and the doubling down on high stakes testing, has been shredded in every corner of …

Comsewogue Hero Ali Gordon: We will starve the testing machine

Over the course of the fourteen years that I have spent in the Comsewogue School District, I have met countless people who I have come to admire greatly.  I often refer to these people as “my heroes.”  One of the biggest heroes of mine has been Alexandra Gordon.  I first knew Ali as a parent …

Governor Cuomo Wants to Fire You

Via Newsday… ALBANY — Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo Sunday called for a state review of all Long Island school districts because many use a union-provided evaluation he said is skewed to favor teachers. A Newsday analysis of teacher evaluation systems in Long Island public schools found that in many the portion that local districts control …

PJSTA’s McMullan’s Letter to Cuomo

So very proud of our own Melissa McMullan whose letter to Governor Cuomo was published on Diane Ravitch’s blog yesterday. Via Ravitch… Melissa McMullan, a teacher in Long Island, explains in this comment how deeply insulting Governor Cuomo’s plan for teacher evaluation is. Will he listen to reason? Will he insist on crushing the morale …

NYSUT’s Favorite Local President

Earlier we covered the “secret meetings” between Karen Magee, Mike Mulgrew, and aides for Governor Cuomo.  I mentioned my belief that the NYSUT and UFT ads would not not be pulled from the air any time soon.  As I mentioned, it is important that they at least make it appear as though they are putting up …

Cuomo and Union Elites Meet Secretly- Now What?

These meetings apparently aren’t as secret as the ones that secured double pensions for NYSUT officers, however the NY Daily News reported yesterday that NYSUT’s Karen Magee and the UFT’s Michael “Take my Common Core and I’ll punch you in the face!” Mulgrew have quietly met with aides for Governor Cuomo recently. Via the Daily News… …

Heroic Superintendent William Cala

This story, which has made the rounds, tells of a heroic superintendent, William Cala, from Fairport, New York (Western New York) who wrote a letter to his staff in response to Cuomo’s education reform agenda, one that Cala terms an “assault on public education.”  Be sure to read the entire story.  More importantly, read the …