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Tkaczyk urges Education Commish not to suspend planned PTA town hall meetings

Mid-Hudson News Network

In the wake of State Education Commissioner Dr. John King’s suspension of PTA-sponsored town hall meetings on the Common Core and standardized testing mandates, State Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk (D, Duanesburg) urged him to reconsider.

The freshman lawmaker told King in a letter that the new mandates placed on schools, teachers and students “are among the most significant challenges ever faced by our public education system.”

Tkaczyk would like King to attend a community forum she will be holding in Ulster County.


King should listen more on Common Core


Daily Gazette, Thursday, October 17, 2013

State Education Commissioner John King was treated roughly by teachers and parents at a town hall meeting held last week in Poughkeepsie to discuss the Common Core learning standards. He promptly cancelled four other town halls that were scheduled around the state, including one at Shenendehowa High School, saying the one in Poughkeepsie was “co-opted by special interests.” Sen. Cecilia Tkaczyk, a former school board member and mother of a current high school student, sent King a letter asking him to reconsider and hold those meetings. He should.


Tkaczyk Calls on State Ed Dept to Study Impact of Common Core, Testing on Children with Special Needs

State Legislators from the Capitol Region have raised concerns that the Common Core curriculum and standardized testing are inconsistent with Federal laws designed to guarantee a quality education for children with special needs.

 They requested that the State Education Department dedicate one of their upcoming public forums on Common Core to the curriculum’s impact on children with special needs.


State lawmakers at local school board meeting

WNYT Newschannel 13

12/05/2013 By: Dan Levy

BETHLEHEM - It's not every day when two state senators and one assembly member show up for a local school board meeting. But that's exactly what happened on Wednesday night as the frustration continues to grow regarding the state's Common Core implementation.

According to Albany Assembly woman Pat Fahy, what's happening with the state of New York State's education is a perfect storm of frustration.

"I was hearing with almost unanimity the number of concerns," Fahy says, "And when you start hearing from educators, parents and even students, then you have to start to pay attention."


State Sen. Cecilia Tkaczyk tells Saugerties Board of Education more state aid to schools is needed (video)

Posted: 01/14/14, 10:44 PM EST

SAUGERTIES >> All the schools within her senate district need to see increased state aid for the next few years to get out of the financial hole they are in, state Sen. Cecilia Tkaczyk said Tuesday.


NY Sen. Cecilia Tkaczyk cited by School Boards Association


ALBANY >> state Sen. Cecilia Tkaczyk has been named the “2014 State Senate Legislative Freshman Leader of the Year” by the state School Boards Association.

Tkaczyk, D-Duanesburg, “has demonstrated an unwavering dedication to public education issues,” School Boards Association Executive Director Timothy Kremer said in a press release. “She has met with boards of education, participated in educational forums and events and made state aid for education a top legislative priority.”

Tkaczyk served as president of her local school board before being elected to represent the state’s 46th Senate District. She said she was honored to receive the recognition from the School Boards Association.


VIDEO -- Senator Tkaczyk Questions Education Commissioner John King during Joint Budget Hearings;

January 28, 2014 - Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk questions Commissioner of Education, John B. King, Jr. at the Elementary and Secondary Education Budget Hearing.

Senator Tkaczyk to Vote Against Incumbent Members of the Board of Regents

State Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk today announced she would vote against all the incumbent members of the Board of Regents during next week's Regents elections.

“The Board of Regents must be held accountable and take responsibility for the extremely flawed roll-out of Common Core in New York State. The debacle created by the Regents has had a devastating effect on our students, schools, teachers and administrators. I cannot in good conscience vote to retain them, and believe very strongly they should be replaced with new members who will bring a fresh approach and a greater level of understanding of the issues facing our schools," she said.