UPDATE: Tuesday, Dec. 30.
New York State United Teachers released the following statement Monday night in the wake of the governor's veto of legislation that would have placed a two-year moratorium on the use of Common Core tests in teacher evaluations - legislation the governor proposed and agreed to amid great fanfare last June.
"The governor reneged on an agreement. With this veto, the governor has decided that teachers are the only ones who should be held accountable for the state's failed implementation of the Common Core. We can't understand why he is refusing to sign his own bill. What has changed? Could it be that the governor is doing the bidding of billionaire hedge fund managers — many of whom, like Paul Tudor Jones, don’t even live in New York state? This governor has to decide whether he’s going to support the goals of students, parents and teachers or those of billionaires who want to destroy public education in order to privatize it and profit from it."
Pro-public ed rally set for Executive Mansion
Meanwhile, educators from across the state - joined by parents, students and community members - will gather outside the Executive Mansion on Eagle Street in downtown Albany beginning at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday to stand together against attacks on public education and teachers, and to call on the governor to listen to all stakeholders before bringing forth another wave of misguided educational policies designed to dismantle public education.
The demonstration coincides with the governor's annual New Year's open house and will include an invitation to the governor to attend public forums on public education so that he can hear, unfiltered, the concerns of parents, students and educators about his so-called reforms.
New York State United Teachers is a statewide union with more than 600,000 members in education, human services and health care. NYSUT is affiliated with the American Federation of Teachers, the National Education Association and the AFL-CIO.