Education and the hotly debated issue of common core become a primary topic of Governor Andrew Cuomo's budget address. Time Warner Cable News Reporter Karen Tararache takes a look at the Governor's recommendation for changes to the controversial education reforms, and gets input from the leader of the state's largest teacher's union.
NEW YORK STATE -- Governor Cuomo began by saying, "We all agree we need real standards for our students."
But what many don't necessarily see eye to eye on is the roll out of the Common Core Curriculum.
"The way the Common Core has been managed by the Board of Regents is flawed. There is too much uncertainty, confusion and anxiety," Cuomo added.
The Board agrees stating "Of course, implementation has not been perfect. Any change as significant as the shift to the Common Core requires adjustments along the way."
Those changes, the Governor feels, should come in the shape of a panel of education experts and legislative members.
"Let's pass a package of corrective actions by the end of this session and let's end the anxiety that the parents, teachers and students are feeling all across this State," Cuomo explained.
President of New York State United Teachers, or NYSUT, Richard Iannuzzi says the best way to do that is by placing a three year moratorium on using state testing results as the deciding factor in "high stakes" decisions.
"The concept of building a plane while it's flying is foolish. We have something that has to come to a stop so we could really look at what has to be done," Iannuzzi said.
Cuomo added, "There's no reason a school district should make a five year old take standardized tests."
As for the proposed panel, Iannuzzi also has a few recommendations for the Governor.
"I would urge the Governor to put practicing teachers, principals, administrators and the perspective of a parent on that panel. The future of our great State is dependent on what happens in the classroom and the people who know best what happens in the classroom are the people who are in those classrooms," Iannuzzi said.
In addition to the work the future panel would have, Governor Cuomo proposes eliminating standardized testing for grades K through 2. It's something that both Commissioner King and the Board of Regents fully supports.