Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin (R,C,I-Schaghticoke) today attended a press conference in Albany calling for several major education reforms as lawmakers being the 2016 Legislative Session. The press conference, coined “The Next Step” for Education in New York State, will hinge on ending the 2011 Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA) education cuts and reforming state testing and teacher evaluation requirements.
“Gov. Cuomo and entrenched bureaucrats have ruined New York State’s education system,” McLaughlin said. “The increased reliance on Common Core tests and unequitable teacher evaluations have taken control out of the classroom and put it into the hands of state bureaucrats and policymakers. What we need is locally-controlled education with particular attention to the needs of parents, teachers and students. The governor’s war on teachers is misguided and dangerous. We cannot continue to take away the power of good teachers for the purpose of state-controlled testing. I will continue to oppose Common Core’s botched implementation and fight for restoration of the GEA until these injustices have been addressed."
Assemblyman McLaughlin represents the 107th district, which consists of parts of Rensselaer, Columbia and Washington counties. For more information,
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