Kenneth P. Lavalle's posts related to Education

Senator Kenneth P. LaValle Statement Re: Common Core Curriculum and Testing

This past Spring I began hearing from the parents of elementary school students about perceived problems with New York State’s implementation of the new Common Core Curriculum and associated testing.


LaValle Letter to School Supers Re: Forum with State Ed. Commissioner

New York State Senator Ken LaValle sent a letter to school superintendents today asking for assistance with the Tuesday November 26 education forum with NY State Education Commissioner Dr. John King.
Excerpts from the Senator's letter are below.
Dear Superintendent:


Senator LaValle Makes Commissioner’s Education Forum Video Available

Senator Kenneth P. LaValle has made the complete, unedited video of the NYS Commissioners Education Forum available for the constituents of the First Senate District. 

Senator LaValle appreciates everyone who attended the forum and those who have shared their views, in this important topic. He wants to assure all residents that he will continue to make the Commissioner, the Chancellor and the Regents hear our voices. 

Senator Ken LaValle Calls on State Education Commissioner to Delay “Common Core”

In the NY Senate Education Committee today, Senator Ken LaValle called upon Commissioner John King to delay “Common Core” implementation.  Senator LaValle said “Going back to the initial meeting on Long Island last April, it appears that the Department of Education is not listening.  The rollout of Common Core has been flawed, and children are being hurt.”


Senator LaValle Calls for Common Core Delay

Here's the video from the Senate Education meeting where Senator LaValle asked the Commissioner to hit the delay button on Common Core.

LaValle Legislation Banning Sale of Papers, Dissertations Via Electronic Means Passes Senate

Senator Ken LaValle’s legislation banning the sale of electronic papers, term papers and dissertations passed the State Senate today.


Senator Ken LaValle Recognizes Southold Students For Their Thanksgiving Day Creative Entries

Senator Ken LaValle was impressed by the Thanksgiving Day Creative Entries submitted by the Southold Elementary School Second Graders.  

Senator LaValle said "Thank you to the Southold School children who submitted entries. The essays illustrate that the children are very capable of communicating their understanding of Thanksgiving.  I look forward to witnessing their growth over the next few years." 


State Senator Ken LaValle Statement On Board of Regents Members Vote

Albany, March 11, 2014 - Today, on behalf of the anxious students and frustrated parents and teachers I represent, I will oppose all four of the Regents the Assembly brought before us for a vote.  I cannot and will not accept the status quo from the Board of Regents- the group responsible for the flawed implementation of the Common Core Learning Standards – who seem to have turned a deaf ear on the demand of so many to delay the implementation process.  


Senator Ken LaValle’s Bill To Change The Method of Board of Regents Appointments Passes Senate

Albany, March 13, 2014 - Senator Ken LaValle’s Legislation to alter the way Board of Regents members are selected passed the New York State Senate today.   The action came two days after the State Assembly reelected the three Incumbent Board of Regents members amidst the uprise over the Common Core Curriculum implementation.