Lobbying against Common Core

Updated: 06/18/2014 10:07 AM
Created: 06/17/2014 9:15 AM WNYT.com
By: WNYT Staff

ALBANY - As the state legislature moves through its last scheduled week in Albany, parents came to the Capitol Tuesday morning trying to rollback Common Core.

The people who gathered Tuesday morning at the Legislative Office Building definitely have an opinion on the Common Core educational standards- they don't like them.

Three Long Island legislators joined the group of about 75 to lobby against the standards that have been adopted by education policymakers.

Legislators acknowledged the bills they're advocating stopping the Common Core initiatives are bottled up in committees and show no signs of moving.

The two assemblymen here are Republicans, so it would be extraordinary for a measure they're advocating with no obvious majority Democratic support to pass their chamber, much less get signed by the Democratic governor.

However, hope springs eternal.

The federal government tied Common Core changes to money allocations, getting the states to cooperate.

New York State did the same thing to push through local school district cooperation.

The state Board of Regents is very supportive of the Common Core changes, and in general, it appears the governor is as well, making Tuesday’s lobbying effort by opponents a long shot to accomplish the changes they're seeking.

Meanwhile, a much larger crowd filled the Capitol's Million Dollar Staircase. They'd settle for a tiny fraction of a million, more like $10.10 cents an hour.

“We won't stop until your work is honored. Until you get the pay that you deserve,” said Democratic Minority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins.

Raising the minimum wage above the $9 dollars it is already scheduled to reach in 2016 has the support of most Democrats.

However, whether it gets to the Senate floor is largely determined by Republicans. An organization called the Employment Policies Institute is trying to secure anti-raise resolve with a commercial arguing it would reduce employment.  

“There is nothing that we can afford less in America, nothing, than less jobs and less opportunity,” says the commercial.


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