If you are a registered Democrat, please take advantage of your right to make your voice heard and vote in the Democratic primary tomorrow Tuesday September 9, 2014.
Three Democratic candidates for governor will appear on the ballot: Andrew Cuomo, Zephyr Teachout and Randy Credico.
Two candidates for lieutenant governor will be on the ballot: Kathy Hochul and Tim Wu.
Andrew Cumo and Kathy Hochul are running mates as are Zephyr Teachout and Tim Wu. However in New York you vote individually for governor and lieutenant governor so make sure you select the ones you wish and don’t mix up the pairs unless you intend to do so.
If education, and Common Core in particular, is a big concern for you this election cycle, you will probably want to know that Governor Cuomo supports Common Core and Zephyr Teachout is against Common Core.
You can find links to the educational platforms of the candidates in my blog post here. New York Allies for Public Education has a scorecard comparing the candidates on a variety of educational issues as well as a press release talking about Governor Cuomo’s educational stance. Governor Cuomo has refused to debate Zephyr Teachout but she and Rob Astorino, Republican candidate for governor, debated last week so you can get a feel for her stand on a variety of issues in addition to education. I have a blog post about the debate here.
Governor Cuomo won’t debate Zephyr Teachout before the Democratic primary next Tuesday September 9, 2014 (Democrats – don’t forget to vote!) so Rob Astorino and Zephyr Teachout arranged to debate each other to get their thoughts out and open up some discussion on important issues.
Talk show host Brian Lehrer made an interesting comment at the beginning of this program about Governor Cuomo trying to stifle discussion on important issues by refusing to debate. Mr. Lehrer said “my job is to make sure important issues get discussed during election session… If the governor is lying low and refusing to debate in order to minimize discussion as a political strategy, … then I am all for it” (having a debate in another way). I am so glad that Mr. Lehrer and the WNYC 93.9 radio station are willing to help prevent that stifling of discussion from happening!
Kids go back to school in Kingston tomorrow and education is on the minds of our politicians (or should be).
New York Allies for Public Education has just released a scorecard with information on where the candidates for New York State Governor stand on various educational issues – click here to view the scorecard. Governor Cuomo doesn’t fare so well unfortunately. Check the scorecard to see where all five of the gubernatorial candidates (Governor Cuomo, Rob Astorino, Zephyr Teachout, Howie Hawkins and Randy Credico) stand on the Common Core Standards, teacher tenure, APPR, standardized testing, educational spending and charter schools.
Gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino has just released his educational platform and you can view it here.
Zephyr Teachout is looking to get on the ballot by winning the Democratic primary on September 9, 2014. Her educational platform has been available for quite some time on her website – click here to view her platform.
I have not been personally following the campaigns of Howie Hawkins (Green party gubernatorial candidate) or Randy Credico (also looking to win Democratic primary) but their campaign platforms are available at the following links: Howie Hawkins platform and Randy Credico platform. I did not find education specifically mentioned on Randy Credico’s campaign website.
Remember that you have the opportunity to make YOUR voice heard regarding education in the upcoming elections. If you are a registered Democrat, you can make your voice be heard in the Democratic primary on Tuesday September 9, 2014. ALL registered voters can speak loud and strong by casting your vote at the polls in the general election on Tuesday November 4, 2014.
And just in case you are not familiar with who Rob Astorino and Zephyr Teachout are – Rob Astorino is the Republican candidate running for governor and Zephyr Teachout has gathered enough signatures for a Democratic primary to be held between her and Andrew Cuomo in September. Their press conference was not education-related but both candidates are opposed to Common Core!
I am still working on collecting signatures for the StopCommonCore line on the November ballot. Contact me if you would like to help collect signatures or just put your John Hancock on my petition.
I am committed to doing whatever I can to bring about change in Albany in November (as long as it is legal and ethical) and I would very much like to see a Democratic Primary between Zephyr Teachout and Andrew Cuomo take place.
If you are a registered Democrat who is concerned about Common Core and how it is affecting the children of New York, please participate in collecting petitions so that Zephyr can participate in the primary. The Primary Petitions must be returned by July 5, 2014.
If we want to expand the conversation on education, by putting up a challenge to Cuomo, there is nothing more helpful than Zephyr’s decision to run. A signature for Zehpyr Teachout to primary doesn’t mean that you will vote for her, just that you want to see the conversation about what is possible take place in the political domain. In order to collect signatures you must be a registered Democrat and you should witness signatures of only registered Democrats. All of the forms are available on her site here .
I am dreaming of an election in November where the children do not have to be a factor in the election because Common Core is not at stake (both Zephyr and Rob Astorino seem to be opposed to Common Core and are promising to get rid of it if elected). Then the election could be focused on other issues important to the voters in New York not how can we protect our children! Check out Zephyr’s stand on a variety of issues here and Rob’s here .
Helping parents navigate the ins and outs of public eductation in Kingston, New York