Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who has pushed for tougher education standards, said yesterday that he’s with the parents who have expressed concerns about Common Core.
“I’m sort of where the parent is, standing outside with the sign,” Cuomo told reporters yesterday in Rochester. “And by the way, I would hold the same basic sign that the parent is holding. I think the way they have implemented Common Core as failed utterly. There is massive confusion, massive anxiety and massive chaos all through.”
Cuomo has been increasingly critical of the state Education Department of the roll out of Common Core, the tougher testing standards for students implemented last school year.
Cuomo, who is up for re-election this year, tapped a panel to recommend reforms to the program—even as the Board of Regents last week released its own lengthy list of changes.
Cuomo pressed for tougher education standards after he took office in 2011, saying New York spends the most in the nation on its schools but doesn’t have the best results.
He has continued that theme, but has knocked the Education Department for the Common Core plan, which has been criticized for being implemented too quickly.
And Cuomo has distanced himself from the department—saying he doesn’t control it and the Assembly appoints the members of the Board of Regents.
“People think the governor is in charge of the state Education Department. Actually, I have nothing to do with it,” Cuomo said.