McLAUGHLIN: OPT-OUT MOVEMENT FALLS ON DEAF EARS AS ASSEMBLY DEMS PLAY POLITICS WITH OUR STUDENTS

          Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin (R,C,I-Schaghticoke) today condemned Democrat members of the Assembly Committee on Education for once again failing to send a bill to the floor for a vote that would suspend and re-evaluate the Common Core Standards. McLaughlin said the opt-out movement, which has reached record numbers statewide, has no effect on entrenched ideologue Democrats who have a history of exploiting various groups for political gain.

          “As representatives of the people, we are supposed to represent the people’s views,” McLaughlin said. “How are Assembly Democrats representing the views of nearly 200,000 New Yorkers who opted out of Common Core testing by reinforcing its merits in the Legislature? Our conference’s alternative to Common Core would set up a commission of experts from the frontlines of education instead of the entrenched bureaucrats who currently make the state’s education policy.  We owe it to our constituents to at least put the Achieving Pupil Preparedness and Launching Excellence (APPLE) Plan up for a vote. What we are doing to our children is simply child abuse and I will continue to fight for local control of our schools.”  

Assemblyman McLaughlin represents the 107th district, which consists of parts of Rensselaer, Columbia and Washington counties. For more information,
please visit Assemblyman McLaughlin’s Official Website 

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