Friday, 14 February 2014 10:10
On Thursday, Jan. 23, the New York State Senate Education Committee met with State Education Commissioner John B. King, Jr. to discuss the flawed implementation of the Common Core curriculum and to find out what he was prepared to do to help students, parents and teachers.
During the meeting, I specifically asked the commissioner about changes to Regents Exams to match Common Core standards. I have serious concerns for our students who will be forced to take Common Core-based Regents Exams without the proper preparation. I asked the commissioner to address this issue.
Commissioner King explained that the Class of 2017 would be the first to face an altered Regents Exam format. That is too soon. It is blatantly unfair to ask teachers to administer and students to take tests on curriculum they have not been given the opportunity to master.
I do not trust the State Education Department or the Board of Regents to fix this impending disaster. I will be introducing legislation that will guarantee that this year’s third-grade class will be the first to take Common Core based Regents Exams. It is too bad that it has come to this, but the stakes are simply too high.
Commissioner King believes we can adjust the program on the fly. I disagree. We should not experiment with the future of our students. We need to delay the testing schedule to allow students to gain the proper exposure and repetition with the material. Teachers need adequate time to develop the strategies to provide students with the optimum opportunity for success. Our students and teachers are the best in the country. We must support them.
Senator Carl L. Marcellino
5th Senate District
Friday, 25 July 2014 00:00
Plainview resident Cila Schlanger was eager to attend a two-hour property tax workshop at the Farmingdale Public Library last week — the problem is, so were many other people.
“I was taken aback once I came here because there was such a line,” she said. “I thought it would be a two-hour workshop, but individuals had to wait to be helped on a first come, first serve basis.”
Residents are trying to save a buck whenever and wherever they can, especially when it comes to property taxes. To try and lend a helping hand, elected officials recently hosted a property tax exemption workshop at the library, drawing residents from across Nassau County.
Thursday, 24 July 2014 11:02
Plainview school officials are looking for public input for the next round of capital improvements.
The Plainview-Old Bethpage Central School District announced the search for volunteers to serve on its Facilities Upgrade and Improvement Advisory Committee at a special Board of Education meeting held on July 16. The committee will advise and assist the District in preparing a capital improvement bond issue that will be proposed to the Plainview-Old Bethpage community for a vote in December.