NYSUT Board Of Directors Approves ‘No Confidence’ Vote For King
The board of directors of the statewide teachers union on Saturday unanimously approved a no confidence vote for Education Commissioner John King and the implementation of the national Common Core standards in New York.
The resolution will be considered by the New York State United Teachers Union’s 2,000 delegates at its New York City meeting to be held April 4 through 6, the union said in a statement.
NYSUT President Dick Iannuzzi on Capital Tonight this month said he would call for the no confidence vote in King’s leadership following criticism of how the Common Core standards have been implemented in schools across the state.
“Educators understand that introducing new standards, appropriate curriculum and meaningful assessments are ongoing aspects of a robust educational system. These are complex tasks made even more complex when attempted during a time of devastating budget cuts. SED’s implementation plan in New York state has failed. The commissioner has pursued policies that repeatedly ignore the voices of parents and educators who have identified problems and called on him to move more thoughtfully,” Iannuzzi said in a statement. “Instead of listening to and trusting parents and teachers to know and do what’s right for students, the commissioner has offered meaningless rhetoric and token change. Instead of making the major course corrections that are clearly needed, including backing a three-year moratorium on high-stakes consequences for students and teachers from state testing, he has labeled everyone and every meaningful recommendation as distractions.”
The vote by the board of directors comes after in fighting at the union became public this week. Iannuzzi in a message to supporters posted online Friday blamed NYSUT Vice President Andy Pallotta for unilaterally approving a $10,000 contribution to Gov. Andrew Cuomo last month.
Meanwhile, United Federation of Teachers President Michael Mulgrew denied the internal battle was an attempt to have his city-based union take over NYSUT.
Indeed, King in his reaction to the call for the no-confidence vote indicated Iannuzzi was doing so because of the internal battles with the union.
The vote also comes as Cuomo in his budget address this week called the implementation of Common Core “flawed” and announced plans for a panel to recommend changes to the standards. Cuomo wants the Common Core changes voted on by the Legislature by the end of the legislative session in June.
King this week was grilled by members of the Senate Education Committee, some of whom have said changes to Common Core need to come sooner than the governor’s timetable has indicated.
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