Teachers, parents weigh in on Cuomo budget
YONKERS - Teachers and parents in the Hudson Valley are weighing in on the education changes proposed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in his 2014 budget proposal.
Many parents say they favor Cuomo's $1.5 billion plan to establish full-day pre-K statewide. Meredith Brown, of Yonkers, says pre-K for all children is good because it gives a headstart with learning.
Cuomo said in his budget proposal that he supports the controversial Common Core learning standards adopted by the state, but wants to set up a panel of experts to recommend changes. Cuomo called the Common Core management by the Board of Regents "flawed."
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Cuomo also called for the elimination of standardized testing for kindergarten through the second grade. The president of the Yonkers Federation of Teachers praised his move, saying testing children that young isn't age appropriate.
As for college students, Cuomo wants to award scholarships to the top 10 percent of high school students who go on to study science, technology, engineering and math at SUNY and CUNY schools.