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, 24 October 2014 00:00
Driving rain and cold temperatures could not keep Long Islanders from coming out to support the first annual DogFest Walk ‘n Roll, a fundraiser for Canine Companions for Independence. Held for the first time at Marjorie Post Park in Massapequa, dogs of all breeds and sizes came with their humans with one goal in mind; to raise funds for CCI.
Massapequa resident and event organizer Yvonne Dagger, past president and now board member, discussed the importance of the event.
Thursday, 23 October 2014 00:00
For as long as she could remember, Christina Amato-Smith has always wanted to open her own hair salon. The Floral Park native worked at a salon down the road from her home, but it wasn’t until 1994 when Amato-Smith made good on her promise to herself.
“I came to Bethpage to open my business because my clients were here,” said Amato-Smith, who now lives in Lindenhurst and has owned Top Cuts for 20 years.
While her business has been met with much success, in 2008, Amato-Smith’s personal life was met with a life altering challenge when she was diagnosed with stage three breast cancer. It was this event that prompted Top Cuts to organize a cut-a-thon to raise funds and awareness for breast cancer. This year’s event occurs on Saturday, Nov. 1.