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Cuomo Calls For Changes To Common Core

Andrew Cuomo.
Andrew Cuomo. Photo Credit: Contributed

Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued a statement Thursday in which he said he agrees with those who found the implementation of Common Common Core problematic. 

Cuomo said he sympathizes with parents who chose to have their children opt out of standardized tests.

“We must have standards for New York’s students, but those standards will only work if people – especially parents – have faith in them and in their ability to educate our children," Cuomo said. "The current Common Core program does not do that. It must."

Cuomo said Common Core must be fixed and he said the state will do a comprehensive review of the implementation of the Common Core standards. 

Cuomo said he will ask a representative group from the State Education Commission, including education experts, teachers, parents, the Commissioner of Education and legislative representatives to review the issues raised above and provide recommendations in time for his State of the State Address in January.

State Sen. Terrence Murphy (R-Yorktown) said he is happy with Cuomo's stance.

"I have three beautiful children who, like your kids, deserve the highest quality education we can possibly give them," Murphy said. "After two years of opting my own children out of these exams, I am ecstatic that the governor now acknowledges the challenges parents across New York have been facing."

Murphy said he looks forward to working with the governor and others to implement an education system that gives everyone an opportunity to succeed.

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