St. Lawrence County state Assembly members plan Common Core legislation after listening to voters
Wednesday, December 4, 2013 - 2:47 pm

Assemblyman Ken Blankenbush (R-Black River) says the Assembly minority Republicans plan to introduce legislation to address concerns expressed at several Common Core standards forums around the state.

Blankenbush, who represents the and other Republicans in the state Assembly provided an opportunity Tuesday for people in the North Country to speak about the Common Core education standards and how the program intended to improve student standing has been run so far.

Blankenbush and Marc Butler (R,C,I-Newport), both of whom represent parts of St. Lawrence County, were joined by members of the Assembly Committee on Education, local educators, government officials and parents at a New York State Assembly Minority Forum on Education at Lowville Academy in Lowville.

“I’ve been having regular conversations with concerned educators, parents and students about Common Core, and I think there are some common-sense solutions that could be used to improve New York’s education system,” said Blankenbush, who represents DeKalb, Gouverneur, Hermon, Russell, Edwards, Fowler and Pitcairn in St. Lawrence County, all of Lewis County, and parts of Jefferson and Oneida counties.

“I hosted today’s forum on education to ensure that the public had an opportunity to comment on this important matter. These ideas must be heard in Albany, and I will be sure to share them with my legislative colleagues,” Blankenbush said.

Some of the topics up for discussion included reactions to the new education standard, the effects of the new testing associated with Common Core instruction time and the approach of classroom teachers.

“The opinions, ideas and concerns expressed will help the Assembly members strengthen education in Northern New York,” said a statement from the office of Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb. “All written testimony will be included in the record and summary that will be prepared at the conclusion of the proceedings.”

“It is clear that everyone who has joined us here today cares deeply about our children and their quality of education,” said Butler, whose district includes Madrid, Norfolk, Stockholm, Parishville, Pierrepont, Clare, Colton, Clifton, and Fine in St. Lawrence County, and Hamilton, Herkimer and Fulton counties, and part of Oneida County.

“Government and its leaders should never shy away from tough conversations like these, because they present opportunities to improve the services we provide to New Yorkers. We will take the feedback gathered today back to Albany so we can work to alleviate the problems presented by Common Core and improve education for New York’s kids.”

The Lowville event was the ninth of several forums hosted across the state.