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Education chairs propose law, policy changes

May 06, 2015 6:08 am
Jessica Bakeman is reporting at Capital New York the chairs of the Legislature’s education committees have introduced legislation that would make significant changes to the state’s education law and policies. Among those changes, amending how the Board of Regents is elected and requiring education officials to revisit their decision to adopt the Common Core standards. The law would also delay implementation of a new teacher evaluation system and require education officials to investigate the quality of state-administered standardized testing. The measure is sponsored by Senator John Flanagan, a Long Island Republican, and Assembly member Cathy Nolan, a Queens Democrat. The bill appears to be a response to last month’s unprecedented boycott of state-administered tests in public schools. According to unofficial tallies, nearly 200,000 students in third through eighth grades refused to take federally required English and math exams. Read the full story at Capital New York.