Kingston Action For Education (KAFE) co-founders Tory Lowe, Maria Maritsas and myself (Jolyn Safron) and KAFE member Madeline Hoetger spoke about a number of concerns related to Common Core before the Ulster County legislature at the monthly session on Tuesday October 21, 2014. We urged the members of the legislature to vote in favor of Resolution No. 350 supporting the repeal of Common Core.
Resolution No. 350 – Supporting The Reintroduction and Passage Of New York State Assembly Bill 07994 and Senate Bill 06267, An Act To Amend The Education Law, In Relation To The Common Core State Standards Initiative And The Race To The Top Program
The Ulster County legislature website has video of the October 21 legislature session with KAFE comments beginning at approximately 6:15 into the video and ending around the 19:30 minute mark.
The Legislative Programs, Education and Community Services Committee discussed Resolution No. 350 at their meeting on November 5. I spoke about the history of Common Core and some of the issues associated with the development of the standards. Several other community members spoke including KAFE co-founder Maria Maritsas and the committee members discussed concerns they were familiar with about Common Core. Audio of the committee meeting is available here.
KAFE members spoke again in support of Resolution No. 350 at the legislative session on November 18. The Ulster County legislature unanimously approved Resolution No. 350 with a vote of 23-0 – video available here.
Press release for Resolution No. 350.