Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis stands with members of the Minority Conference as they reintroduce the APPLE Plan.
Today, Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R,C,I-Brooklyn/Staten Island) and members of the Assembly Minority Conference once again called for reforms to New Yorks education system. The Conference is reintroducing the comprehensive Achieving Pupil Preparedness & Launching Excellence (APPLE) Plan, which would halt the implementation of Common Core and improve New Yorks education standards.
We achieved a few successes to protect student privacy, stop testing for grades K-2 and address concerns surrounding this curriculum, but it was simply not enough, said Malliotakis. My colleagues and I have heard firsthand how these standards have negatively affected students, teachers and parents across the state. We must repeal Common Core completely, or, at minimum, make sweeping changes to it. I am urging all stakeholders to put the needs of our children first and move forward with our comprehensive plan.
Malliotakis is co-sponsor of Assembly Bill 3656, which addresses the public outcry following the hasty rollout of Common Core. It would create the Blue Ribbon Commission, a panel of education experts who would hold hearings and make recommendations regarding education in the state. The commission would have the ability to create a new set of educational standards for New York.
As we head into the 2015-16 Legislative Session, the fight to restore local control to New Yorks education system is far from over, said Assemblyman Ed Ra (R-Franklin Square), Ranking Minority Member on the Education Committee. I am proud to reintroduce legislation that would improve education in our state. To ensure that we are providing a world-class education for our children, we must start at the root of the problem and halt the implementation of Common Core. My colleagues and I are encouraging the new leadership of both the state Assembly and the education department to take a serious look at our proposal and move forward with measures that will allow our students and teachers to succeed.
The APPLE plan addresses critical issues in the areas of Curriculum, Teacher Support, Funding, Student Anxiety, Special Education, and Data Collection, and concludes with two reform options recommended by members of the Assembly Minority Conference. Proposed solutions within the APPLE Plan include:
- Stopping the rushed implementation of the Common Core Standards;
- Providing funding for professional development;
- Reducing the over-reliance on student testing;
- Reasserting that an IEP is the supreme document for the education of a child with special needs; and
- Requiring that parents must consent to any disclosure of student information to a third party.
Common Core Standards have brought drastic changes to our classrooms that have caused a great deal of stress for our children and educators. It needs to be fixed, said Assemblyman Al Graf (R,C,I-Holbrook), member of the Assembly Education Committee. Today, we are reintroducing legislation that will provide a comprehensive reform package to begin solving these issues. Educating our children and providing teachers and students the opportunity to succeed in the classroom is the most important thing we can do.