Ra Pleased With Push For New Common Core Standards

September 3, 2015

Assemblyman Ed Ra (R-Franklin Square) today reiterated his support for a comprehensive review of the implementation of the Common Core Standards in light of Gov. Cuomos recent comments on the issue. Ra stressed that while he is glad the governor is finally making necessary steps to remedy Common Cores implementation, the Assembly Minority Conference has been pushing for a solution for years.

Im glad Gov. Cuomo is finally taking action and convening a process to provide a comprehensive review of the implementation of the flawed Common Core curriculum, said Ra. I hope the governor will convene a proper cross-section of stakeholders and allow a thorough and honest process with no preordained outcome. My colleagues and I in the Assembly Minority Conference have been offering solutions to Common Core and calling for action on this issue for years; its frustrating that it took the governor this long to come around, but Im happy we are finally going to do right by our children, parents and teachers.

Ra has been at the forefront of education reform in New York State. Ra and the Assembly Minority Conference first introduced The Achieving Pupil Preparedness & Launching Excellence (APPLE) Plan in the Assembly in 2014. The APPLE Plan would help ensure state education standards are age- and grade-appropriate and provide proper flexibility for special student populations.