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    Albany, N.Y. – 03/14/2014 – Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson), issued the following statement on the recent Board of Regents vote.

    “I have received countless phone calls, emails, letters and faxes from parents, teachers, students and community members that are very concerned about the Common Core standards. Let’s be very clear, the Board of Regents played a direct role in the implementation of this uncommon disaster. The New York State Legislature had a unique opportunity to vote against the incumbents that are partly responsible for this disaster. I am disappointed that the Assembly Majority chose party politics over our education system and ultimately our children. It is my hope that the Board of Regents will listen to our parents, students and educators to make the appropriate changes to fix Common Core and get our education system on the right track. Education is not about teaching to the test and it should never become a one size fits all endeavor,” said Senator Greg Ball.

    Senator Greg Ball recently voted to support a piece of legislation (S2031A) that would create a new process for selecting Board of Regents members.

    “Having Shelly Silver exercise full control over anything, including picking the Board of Regents, is a bad idea. The system to elect the board of regents should be reformed. I recently voted to support a piece of legislation that would alter the process to ensure the process is fair. I support efforts to give the entire Legislature, and the Governor, not just the Assembly, more power in appointing members of the Board of Regents,” Senator Greg Ball added.

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