Debate over Common Core takes new turn

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The debate over the Common Core has taken a new turn. A state board of teachers has withdrawn its support for the curriculum. They also have some fighting words for the state education commissioner.

A statewide teachers’ union with 600,000 members wants Commissioner John King to be removed. That’s not all. They also withdrew their support for the Common Core testing standards. Now they want the public to support their cause.

New York State Allies for Public Education Eric Mihelbergel said, “For them to come out and say they’re calling for no confidence in John King that’s a big deal.”

Eric Mihelbergel is a founding member of the New York State Allies for Public Education. They represent 45 grassroots parent groups across the state.

He told News 4 his group supports the New York State United Teacher Resolution that calls for King to be removed. The resolution also doesn’t support the controversial Common Core testing standards and the way it was implemented.

“There is pressure on John King. He needs to change course with regards to the excessive amount of  testing that’s going on in schools,” said Mihelbergel.

The union says the testing standards were rushed and changes need to be made. They want more resources for teachers, and more transparency including the release of all test questions to help teachers with their instruction.

“We’re going to continue to pressure legislators were going to continue to encourage parents to come out and support these causes,” said Mihelbergel.

Governor Andrew Cuomo has called for a review of the way the state rolled out Common Core. He also proposed ending standardized testing for students in kindergarten through 2nd grade.

The resolution will go before more than 2,000 delegates in April in New York City. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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