The New York State Board of Regents is holding its monthly meeting this week, the first since Education Commissioner John King finished his statewide tour regarding Common Core Standards. Our Jon Dougherty reports, it was a hot topic and one some Regents say still needs work.
ALBANY, N.Y. -- Common Core came up a lot during the Board of Regents monthly meeting in Albany Monday. The learning standards have been a topic of contention across the state as students, parents and teachers have packed venues to speak out against them. And State Education Commissioner John King says he heard them loud and clear.
"Some of the concerns are ones we need to address, like the need for more professional development for teachers," King said.
"In some cases, the rollout was too much, a bit too much some areas. Some people got started a little too late," said James Jackson, Regent Judicial District III.
While there has been concern across the state over the Common Core itself, there's also been some concern among Regents about the cost of implementing it.
I'm concerned that we've lost, along the way, I'd like us to get back to the joy of learning," said Betty A. Rosa, Regent Judicial District XII.
And the cost, according to the board, is only going up.
Monday, it announced a budget proposal with a six percent increase in education funding for the upcoming 2014-15 fiscal year. That's a $1.3 billion extra over this year's budget. The $22.3 billion dollar calls for $125 million for a universal pre-kindergarten program and another $125 million for professional development to help train teachers teach Common Core Standards.
King said, "I'm concerned of the cost of not preparing to meet college and career ready expectations. Any student who isn't prepared for college or career success is not contributing as much as they could to the state's economy. Our economic future really depends on helping students meet higher standards."
But Regent Betty Rosa would like to see more changes to the core and less testing.
"I think where there are differences are around the issue of how do we get around the standard work to the actual teaching, learning and instruction," Rosa said.
The board says it will strongly advocate for the money, but that's up to Governor Andrew Cuomo, who will release his budget proposal in January.