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Letter: Too Much And Too Soon

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

 

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The wife of a Plainview man traveled all the way from Uganda to Winthrop-University Hospital in Mineola to give birth the way she wished.

Chanda Ginsberg, whose Plainview native husband works for the United Nations and is currently posted in Uganda, was determined to have a VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean). And when the time came, she and her husband chose Winthrop. While researching labor and delivery options, the couple was uncomfortable with the medical providers in Uganda and regional hospitals in East Africa. Her husband’s family lives in Melville with connections to Winthrop; his mother is a nurse practitioner who has worked with Winthrop, and his brother’s children were born at the Hospital as well. She also had her first child there three years ago, when they were back in the U.S. between posts.

Evel Knievel twitched his nose, wiggled his tattooed ear and winked at the Palamino bunny. Too Hot to Trot flipped over and was judged according to the American Rabbit Breeders Standard of Perfection.

The haybarn in the Old Bethpage Village Restoration recently played host to 40 exhibitors with their assortment of bunnies ranging from Dutch Satins, Angoras, English Lop, and the Lionshead at the annual Spring Long Island Rabbit Show put on by the Long Island Rabbit Breeders Association. After viewing these animals, one quickly realizes that not all rabbits are white with pink noses.


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