Legislators share concern over Common Core learning standards.

Assembly members Nicole Malliotakis (R,C,I-Brooklyn, Staten Island) and Joe Borelli (R,C,I-South Shore) applauded New York State United Teachers’ (NYSUT) decision to pull its support for the Common Core Standards. This came on the heels of the recent decision of the board to declare “no confidence” in the policies of Education Commissioner John King, Jr. and issue a call for his removal.

“The effort to repeal or reform the failed Common Core curriculum is gaining more and more momentum as residents continue to join the chorus calling for reform. For the past year, we have been working with colleagues, speaking with parents and educators, and making the case to fix this very flawed system. Every day, the State Department of Education is feeling the pressure from thousands of parents, teachers and students from every corner of New York, and this is how we will achieve much-needed and meaningful reform,” said Malliotakis and Borelli.

In today’s announcement, NYSUT issued its request for a three-year moratorium on high-stakes consequences resulting from Common Core-aligned statewide standardized tests, meaning no teachers should be fired nor students kept from graduating because of poor performance.