New York State Assemblyman Dave McDonough (R,C,I-Merrick) attended a press conference held recently by Assemblyman Ed Ra (R-Franklin Square) in Albany calling for several major education reforms as the legislature begins its 2016 session. The press conference, attended by many members of the Assembly Republican Conference, hinged on ending the 2011 Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA) education cuts, creating new state learning standards with the help and guidance of teachers, school administrators, parents and education experts, and reforming the current teacher evaluation system.
GEA was instituted by the state Legislature in 2011 to halt school aid payments to schools as a means of keeping revenue within the state, this in the middle of the recession. The state last year began giving back percentages of revenue to the schools.
“Our current education system is not adequately serving the needs of our students, parents and teachers,” McDonough said. “Testing and evaluations are too state-oriented when they should be classroom-oriented, and many school districts are still struggling to meet budgetary requirements under the GEA. We have made progress on reforming Common Core, but much more work is needed, and I will continue to fight for Long Island educators and students until the system better serves their needs.”