New York gubernatorial potential Republican Rob Astorino has publicly announced that his children will not take state assessment tests beginning today that are based on Common Core requirements. Astorino is currently a Westchester County executive and has three children.
In a public statement, Astorino said that his family's protest is "symbolic" and one that he is participating in as a parent to "take a stand."
Astorino's protest is reflective of a growing number of parents who vocally oppose the Common Core standards that were developed to better prepare students for college and careers. A somewhat Conservatively-skewed group of parents have lashed out across the country, and even taken to social media to criticize the new standards.
In New York, around 1.2 million students in grades 3 to 8 will take the state tests that are reflective of new Common Core standards.
In response to his protest, State Board of Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch criticized Astorino's stance saying that such actions are contributing to the decline of the education system in New York. Common Core was developed by the Governor's Alliance and Astorino took his moment in the spotlight to emphasize his perceived problems with current democratic NY Governor Andrew Cuomo.
"From what we have seen so far, Cuomo's Common Core may be damaging their (the kids) education, not helping it," said Astorino.
Back in February, Astorino blasted New York legislators for not agreeing to a two-year moratorium on Common Core implementation. Democratic Senators like Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Tim Kennedy said his outburst reflected a severe lack of knowledge in state politics.
Astorino announced his own gubernatorial aspirations on March 5.