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Hawley and Assembly Republicans push to end Common Core

Posted 6 March 2014 at 12:00 am

Press release, State Assemblyman Steve Hawley

Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R-Batavia) voted to take the first steps to stop Common Core’s negative effects in New York classrooms.

The legislation Hawley voted for would end Common Core-aligned testing for grades K-2 and allow parents to prevent their child’s data from being shared with a third party. Hawley considers this an important first step, but will continue to push for a full moratorium on Common Core mandates that put a stop to high-stakes testing and promote a creative learning environment in New York classrooms.

“While there is still much left to do, this legislation brings us closer to removing Common Core from the classroom,” Hawley said. “We are going to continue talking to parents, students and teachers and turning their input into initiatives that create a positive, productive learning environment in New York’s schools.”

Hawley said the Assembly majority and the State Senate need to support the legislation for there to be a moratorium on Common Core’s high-stakes testing.

Hawley and the GOP in the Assembly support the APPLE Plan, which would place a moratorium on Common Core testing until a full review of the Common Core standards is completed. The APPLE Plan also restores education funding that was cut in 2011 and gives teachers professional resources to further improve their ability to teach our children.