Assemblyman McDonough speaks on Common Core

Assemblyman Dave McDonough (R,C,I-Merrick) joined his colleagues in the Assembly Minority Conference to unveil their “At the Educational Crossroads” report and APPLE plan. Over the past six months, members of the Assembly Minority Conference hosted 11 forums across the state, including those McDonough attended in Nassau County, to receive feedback from parents, educators, students and education advocates on the Common Core system and New York’s education system.

“In October, my colleagues and I gathered for forums  to hear from teachers, educators, students and education advocates and the overwhelming response was that Common Core is failing our students,” said McDonough. “Release of the ‘At the Educational Crossroads’ report is the culmination of a statewide series of forums that allowed us to engage and learn from our educators, parents and students. It has become readily apparent that Common Core was engaged too swiftly and with too little foresight. Hopefully this report will help us to build a dialogue between everyone involved to right the course for New York’s schools. Our teachers and parents live and breathe education every day, and they are the ones who can help during these troubling times,” he said in a prepared statement.

The report concludes with recommendations, known as the APPLE plan, that aim to alleviate the pressure placed on school districts, lessen the anxiety of students, encourage collaboration between the state and local educators, protect the privacy of our children, and reduce the damage done by the hasty rollout of the Common Core Standards. The recommendations are available at: http://bit.ly/APPLEplan.

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