While this is not directly related to education, the new Spirit of ’76 bill could help parents in the battle against Common Core.
The Spirit of ’76 bill (A08658/S06475) will allow legislation that is supported by a majority of members in the NYS assembly or NYS senate to come directly to the floor for a vote (not get stuck in committee or be held up by the speaker/majority leader). This will give the rank-and-file legislators the opportunity to act on the wishes of their constituents and not be at the mercy of a few people within the legislature.
The Spirit of ’76 bill could help parents get bills that have been languishing behind the doors of the Education Committees out onto the floor for a vote. We could meet with our legislators and ask them to specifically support legislation, for example the Common Core Parental Refusal Act, regardless of whether our legislators are on the Education Committee or not. Legislators would not be able to give the excuse that there is nothing they can do to help with a bill because they are not on the proper committee. Individual member support of a bill would actually matter! A legislative member’s support would be one more towards the 76 members needed in the New York State Assembly or the 32 members needed in the New York State Senate to bring the bill to the floor for a vote.
Please sign the petition to show your support of the Spirit of ’76 bill to bring about some needed reform in Albany.
Note that local Assemblyman Peter Lopez and Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney are co-sponsors of the Spirit of ’76 bill.