Congressman Chris Collins Agrees with Speaker Silver on Common Core Delay


Date: Feb. 4, 2014
Location: Washington, DC
Issues: K-12 Education

Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) issued the following statement after Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver called for a two year delay in Common Core implementation in New York State:

"It is not every day that Speaker Silver and I agree, but the ongoing issues surrounding Common Core in New York are so large there is no other choice but to at least delay the implementation of this misguided policy.

Common Core is a typical one-size-fits-all approach generated by big government bureaucrats. I believe strongly that parents, teachers and local school leaders know what is best for our children. My office continues to hear from parents, students and teachers about how Common Core is affecting learning in the classroom as the focus shifts to test preparation and evaluation.

It would be my hope that New York joins a growing list of states that are delaying Common Core implementation and reconsidering participation altogether.

We should all want our children to be college or career ready following high school graduation and we should be willing to raise our standards to achieve that goal. But Common Core is about churning out students as test takers, not inquisitive students excited about learning. By forcing students to spend their K-12 years arduously focused on test talking, we will never develop our next generation of leaders, educators and entrepreneurs. That is sad for our children and our country."