Cuomo proposes Common Core rollout review

Posted at: 01/21/2014 4:03 PM
Updated at: 01/21/2014 4:45 PM
By: AP

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Gov. Andrew Cuomo used his annual budget address to call for a review of the way New York has rolled out the new Common Core learning standards.

He also proposed ending standardized testing for students in kindergarten through 2nd grade.

In outlining his plans for education funding for 2014-15, Cuomo didn't oppose the more rigorous standards, but said their implementation has been frustrating for parents and students.

He says Tuesday a panel of education experts and legislators will be appointed to recommend fixes. The panel also will review his proposal to eliminate testing of the youngest students.

Cuomo's budget plan also features $1.5 billion over five years to implement universal pre-kindergarten statewide and $720 million over that time to expand after-school programs.

It increases overall spending on schools by 3.8 percent.

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