Albany, N.Y. - - In an early morning meeting in Albany on Saturday New York State United Teachers' unanimously passed a resolution. It declares the board has no confidence in the policies of the Commissioner of Education John King. It calls for his immediate removal by the Board of Regents. NEWS10 received a response from the State Education Department about the vote.
The removal of Education Commissioner John King is not the only thing the New York State United Teacher's Union is asking. NYSUT is asking for postponement of Common Core Regents exams as a graduation requirement and more funding to ensure students have an equal opportunity to achieve Common Core standards.
According to NYSUT the proposed Executive budget would leave 70 percent
of school districts with less state aid than they had in 2009. Another demand, a three year moratorium on high stakes consequences for students and teachers from state testing.
NYSUT says the moratorium would allow districts to make adjustments and correctly implement common core. NYSUT claims Commissioner King, instead of listening to parents and teachers, has labeled everyone and every meaningful recommendation as distractions.
In a statement to NEWS10 Saturday, Chancellor Tisch and Commissioner King said, "Every year more than 140,000 New York students leave high school without the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in college or the workplace. Many are essentially trapped in a lifetime of economic despair"
The statement went on to say, "Together with the Board of Regents, the Governor, and legislature, we will make necessary adjustments and modifications to the implementation of the Common Core, but now is not the time to weaken standards for teaching and learning."
King and Chancellor Tisch went on to say that students are counting on them to help develop skills and knowledge they need to succeed in life and the high standards of Common Core will help them do just that.
NYSUT's resolution will go to more than 2,000 delegates to the Unions Representative Assembly to be held in April.