Pat Strong Blasts Senator Amedore’s Failure to Support Bill to Help Students, Teachers

Pat Strong Blasts Senator Amedore’s Failure to Support Bill to Help Students, Teachers

Amedore Fails to Sign On to Bill to Decouple Teacher Evaluations and Student Performance

(Kingston, NY) State Senate Candidate Pat Strong blasted State Senator George Amedore for not joining his Senate colleagues in sponsoring a bill that will “put an end to testing madness” in New York State schools, as one Senate co-sponsor described it.

Senate Education Chair Sen. Carl Marcellino, R-Nassau County, introduced the bill, which decouples teacher evaluations from the grade 3-8 standardized English language and Math tests. The bill mirrors an Assembly bill, A. 10475, introduced last week by Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, D-Bronx.

“George Amedore’s support for teachers apparently doesn’t include common sense reforms to provide children with a more effective learning environment and make teachers’ jobs better,” Pat Strong said.

The bill is a long-sought rollback of one of the most unpopular tenets of the Common Core reforms, which led to approximately 20 percent of students statewide opting out of school testing. One co-sponsor, James Tedisco, R-Glenville, said, “It’s time we close the book on the era of over testing and stop the testing madness once and for all.”

The bill is “a step in the right direction,” said Bianca Tanis, co-founder of New York State Allies for Public Education, which is allied with more than 50 parent and education organizations across New York State.  “Test scores should never be used in teacher evaluations, but this is a step in the right direction. I would like to see this bill include protections for students and a repeal of the receivership law, but we are making progress.”

The New York State United Teachers union supports the bill and is hoping to convince lawmakers to act on it before the state's legislative session ends in mid-June

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