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Tuesday, January 12, 2016
ENP STAFF REPORTS
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Jane Corwin
ALBANY -- Assemblywoman Jane Corwin joined members of the Assembly Minority Conference in calling for a series of education reforms known as the APPLE Plan.

The plan was created by Corwin and her colleagues following a statewide tour of public forums where teachers, school administrators, education experts, parents and students provided testimony and gave recommendations on how to improve the state’s education system following the implementation of Common Core.

“Common Core began causing confusion in our schools, and stress on students, two years ago, and Albany has yet to take concrete action to fix the problem,” said Corwin. “As we await the governor’s education proposals in his 2016 Executive Budget, my colleagues and I are being proactive by, once again, putting forth the APPLE Plan and its common-sense proposals to create school funding equity, protect students from undue testing, and foster an atmosphere of learning and enjoyment in the classroom. If our state is to succeed, we must ensure that our education system is working in the best interest of students and not data collection.”

Highlights of the APPLE Plan presented at Monday’s press conference include:
Eliminating the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA) and creating a plan to fully phase-in Foundation Aid for schools;
Repealing the existing teacher evaluation system while allowing the Board of Regents the ability to create and implement a new system with input from education experts, school administrators, teachers and parents;
Focusing on learning rather than testing by creating new state learning standards;
Ensuring all assessments made by the state are age and developmentally appropriate for all students; and
Increasing flexibility for students to graduate from high school with multiple pathways in technology, career development and increased investment in BOCES.

A full copy of the APPLE Plan and the Assembly Minority Conference’s full report on education reform (At the Educational Crossroads can be viewed on www.childrenbeforepolitics.com.



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