SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher urged state lawmakers on Thursday to not “throw the baby out with the bath” when it came to implementing Common Core standards in schools across the state.

Zimpher appeared before a joint Assembly-Senate budget hearing on higher education spending for about 90 minutes.

The chancellor to reporters after her appearance said she opposed the two-year moratorium on Common Core as proposed by state legislative leaders in the Assembly and Senate this week.

“I don’t agree with stopping progress,” she said.

Zimpher, however, acknowledged the issues with Common Core, but lined up with Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposal to have an education panel sort out any changes to the implementation that could be voted on by the end of the legislative session in June.

“We set a high bar — 45 states agreed to this,” she said. “Understandably it would bog down in implementation. But the point I wanted to make is the standards are critically important. We need to let the implementation work its way forward without stopping the progress.”

Meanwhile, Zimpher praised the new START-UP NY program that would allow businesses that settle on public college campuses ten years of no taxes providing they create jobs and meet other criteria.

Lawmakers who opposed the creation of the program raised concerns with academic freedom at campuses as a result of the program, as well as issues with oversight.

“It’s a wonderful new idea,” Zimpher told reporters. “It has a lot of components to it. I think their interest and curiosity probably extends from when they idea was debated last year and now we’re getting ready to implement it.”

She added, “We’ve been asking for public-private partnerships for decades. Let’s see if this can’t start up the economic growth in New York state.”

In her prepared testimony, Zimpher told lawmakers that proposed reductions in the governor’s budget, including the Educational Opportunity Programs and ATTAIN, needed to be restored.

The 2014/15 Executive Budget holds operating funding for SUNY primarily flat. There were reductions to key access programs such as ATTAIN and SUNY’s highly successful Educational Opportunity Programs, along with slight reductions in support for “Categorical Aid”—most notably in our Child Care program and complete elimination of the Graduation, Advancement, and Placement (GAP) funding. We respectfully ask that these items be restored. Finally, the Executive Budget did not provide the financial support of $82.2 million for the collective bargaining contracts—costs that are outside of SUNY’s direct control for our State-operated institutions.