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Regents Reverse Course, Pull Teacher Protections from Common Core Changes

Tuesday, February 11, 2014 - 05:58 PM

StudentsFirst organized Common Core supporters in December, and is now part of Higher Achievement NY to support the standards (Yasmeen Khan/WNYC)

The state Board of Regents at the last minute reversed course and decided not to hold a final vote on some changes to weaken implementation of the Common Core standards in New York.

The Regents were set to vote to delay the effects of Common Core on high school seniors for five more years, until 2022, and to offer teachers some protections if they are fired during the next two years.

The board adopted the delay for the high school students. But they postponed a vote on a plan to allow teachers who are dismissed to argue that they were unable to teach properly because of inadequate implementation of the Common Core standards.

At the meeting, Vice Chancellor Anthony Bottar said the proposal has “raised a great deal of discussion regarding its implications and consequences from teachers, the Legislature and the Governor's office."

Bottar said to “give everyone a chance to better understand and gauge the correct path to follow” the board would table that part of the motion.

The change is a win for Governor Cuomo, who had issued a statement condemning the Regents for the proposal, saying it was an “excuse” to put off the new teacher evaluation system which the governor has backed.

The Regents say they will be accepting public comment on the teacher exemption proposal, and will reconsider it in April.

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