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Yorktown's Katz Reaches Out To Education Commissioner On Common Core

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YORKTOWN, N.Y. -- Assemblyman Steve Katz (R,C-Yorktown) and members of the Assembly Minority Conference have sent a letter to new state Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia, regarding Common Core and the high-stakes testing.

The letter specifically brings attention to public forums the conference has held to discuss the issue, and the Achieving Pupil Preparedness & Launching Excellence (APPLE) Plan legislation, which was blocked by the Assembly Majority in the Education Committee.

“With Commissioner Elia taking the reins at a hectic time in our education system’s history, we wanted to make sure she was aware of the work we did on the issue,” Katz said. “Our conference spent a lot of time putting together forums, collecting testimony from all affected parties, and using that information to craft the APPLE Plan. There is more than one way forward on education reform. We’d like to see less Common Core high-stakes testing and more local control of classrooms. Our hope is that Commissioner Elia is more receptive to this idea than the previous commissioner. I’m looking forward to a substantive conversation with her on these issues.”

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