FINCH CONTINUES ADVOCACY FOR STUDENTS, TEACHERS

Posted by on July 10, 2015

FINCH CONTINUES ADVOCACY FOR STUDENTS, TEACHERS

Assemblyman Gary D. Finch yesterday voted in favor of legislation to amend and eliminate some of the most controversial measures found in Gov. Cuomo’s oft-criticized education agenda.

“Our whole conference comes to Albany every week looking for ways to empower teachers and create better opportunities for our kids,” said Finch.

The bill will delay the complete implementation of a new teacher evaluation system until September of 2016.

“After the botched roll-out of Common Core, it is eminently sensible that we take our time to craft sound education policy moving forward. We have until 2016 to send a strong message to the State Education Department- teacher evaluations should not be tied to standardized testing.”

Additionally, Finch said that he was pleased that the bill prevents the governor from withholding education aid from districts that do not implement the evaluation standards.

“Any punitive measure that limits educational opportunities for our children should be off the table. I’m glad that we achieved that today in the Assembly,” said Finch.

Finch also applauded the creation of a panel of education professionals to monitor State Ed’s progress in creating a new evaluation system.

“Bureaucracy can always benefit from greater transparency. Bureaucracy can always benefit from input from professionals who have expertise in the field,” concluded Finch.

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