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
Saturday, 08 March 2014 00:00
Famous American painter Georgia O’Keeffe was the topic of discussion at the Plainview Old-Bethpage Public Library on Feb. 20.
Members of the audience were given an in-depth look into the life and artwork of O’Keeffe through a self-made and researched lecture and slideshow by art appraiser Louise Cella Caruso.
O’Keeffe lived for 98 years. Within her lifetime, she was granted the Medal of Arts by Ronald Regan, and in 1938, she was selected as one of the 12 most outstanding women of the previous 50 years. When she passed away she was accorded the honor of a first page obituary in the New York Times.
Friday, 07 March 2014 00:00
In celebration of its tenth anniversary, the Kids of Distinction program is offering more scholarships and planning a festive gala that will look back on a decade of supporting our most civic-minded children. The Town of Oyster Bay and the Old Bethpage-based Kids Helping Kids by Kids Way, Inc., the sponsoring entities, are seeking nominations of local youngsters who are standouts in public service for the 2014 awards.
Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto, together with Kids Helping Kids co-founders Robert A.J. Eslick and Philip M. Eslick, kicked off the search for a new batch of “kids of distinction” at the end of February. Nominations are due by May 16. Winners will be recognized at a special ceremony held by the board of trustees on Tuesday, June 17 at 7 p.m. with a citation from the Town and a $2,000 scholarship from Kids Helping Kids.