“Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.”
This simple observation made by Albert Einstein captures our concerns with the State’s rollout of Common Core. It’s what caused parents and educators from across the political landscape and from across this great state to come together in opposition to artificial metrics of whether our children are “college and career ready”. It’s why hundreds of you joined me at a forum this Fall at Mineola High School to demand that the Common Core rollout be rolled back. It’s why we worked so hard to ensure that our childrens’ privacy is protected. You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to get it.
“The New York State Legislature is soon expected to consider the reappointment of four incumbent members of the New York State Board of Regents. I will be voting “no” to all four.
The Board of Regents’ rollout and implementation of Common Core has been an unmitigated disaster. Thousands of concerned parents have contacted me to express their total frustration about the nightmarish common core implementation and the damage it has caused their children. Not a day goes by without hearing from one. I completely agree with all of them; a change is desperately needed.
Senator Jack Martins (R-Mineola) recently welcomed Westbury School District Superintendent Dr. Mary Lagnado and members of the Westbury School District Board of Education to the State Capitol in Albany.
Senator Martins discussed a variety of issues with the officials, including the need to deliver additional state education aid to the district so that it can serve its rapidly growing student population.
Senator Martins (center) is pictured as he meets with Dr. Lagnado (second left) and Board of Education members (l-r) Karin Campbell, Leslie Davis, and Pless Dickerson in the Senate Chambers in Albany.
“Earlier today, I voted 'no' to reappointing all the incumbent members of the Board of Regents who were seeking another term. I did so because of their involvement in the State Education Department’s horrific rollout and implementation of Common Core, as well as decisions they made regarding our children’s privacy, specifically, inBloom.
I've heard from thousands of parents about the Common Core rollout over the last several months. Not one has said that it was positive. They're angry, frustrated, and disgusted with the way the Regents and the State Education Department has handled this process and the effect it has had on their children. I totally agree with them. They want a change, and so do I.
Can you hear it? Listen closely and you’ll recognize the harmony of thousands of voices woefully singing, “It’s the Same Old Song” by the Four Tops. They’re parents from Buffalo to Montauk singing because the New York City-led state assembly voted to return three of the four Board of Regents members to their positions this past week. And the fourth one was only replaced because he resigned. That just about locks him in as the smartest member as far as I’m concerned, because he realized he was in over his head.
Senator Jack M. Martins (R-Mineola) recently welcomed Mineola High School music students to the State Capitol in Albany.
Members of the School’s 11-12 grade concert band and jazz band were in Albany performing as part of the New York State School Music Association’s (NYSSMA) annual Music in Our Schools Month. Students performed in the Empire State Plaza for an audience of legislators, staffers, and Capitol visitors.
Senator Martins (standing, third right) is pictured with Mineola High School’s student musicians during their performance in Albany.
Legislation Would Make School Bus Mandate Relief Act Permanent
Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) announced that the New York State Senate passed legislation he sponsored to ensure school districts continue receiving mandate relief on their transportation costs. The legislation (S3141) would make the savings provided by the school bus mandate relief act permanent.
Senator Jack M. Martins (R-Mineola) has secured state funding for substance abuse & bullying prevention programs in the Port Washington School District.
The $25,000 in state funding will support programs offered by the District’s Safety & Substance Abuse Task Force. According to the District, programs supported by the funding will focus on improved education about the gateway drugs that have led to Long Island’s rapidly growing heroin epidemic, as well as bullying prevention.