A Dangerous Intersection: The Corner of Law and Education

Whether they know it or not, New Yorkers are currently embroiled in education battles on multiple fronts.

The rollout of the Common Core and the growing reliance on testing has parents, students and educators butting heads with the New York State Department of Education in the court of public opinion.

Simultaneously, the New York State Association of Small City School Districts, New York State United Teachers and several school superintendents are readying themselves for three legal battles, any one of which could have serious consequences for New York students and taxpayers.

According to Dr. Rick Timbs, executive director of the Statewide School Finance Consortium, the fights are linked. “State government wants more from schools while simultaneously denying funds,” says Timbs.

The following article by Susan Arbetter provides a look at the three legal showdowns in order of when they will arise.

The law firms mentioned herein might be a resource for an organized effort to quash common core, student privacy and data mining, I am thinking as well. 



8 thoughts on “A Dangerous Intersection: The Corner of Law and Education

  1. Common Core, high stakes testing, and data mining are DEAD in NYS and across the country. They (billionaires) just don’t realize it yet.

      1. Out of the 45 states that adopted CC, 22 of them are currently either in the process of removing themselves from CC, partially removed from CC, or completely removed from CC. You won’t see it in the national news media outlets because the powers that be own the outlets. NY is further along with the adoption of CC than any other state and the entire country is watching what happens here. Parents across NYS are showing up at the forums and sharing their outrage with regard to the implementation of CC, the developmentally inappropriate standards particularly at the younger grades, the lowering of standards at the 9-12 level (CCSS were benchmarked at the Community College entrance level), the length, “rigor”, and devastating impact of high stakes testing on their children, and most importantly, their grave concerns with SED sharing their children’s 400 data points with a third party vendor and refusing to answer basic questions about it.

        This reform agenda was dead on arrival. The only reason it is still here is because billionaires are behind it, but you can’t sell people something that they do not want. And we don’t want it.

  2. Reblogged this on ohyesjulesdid and commented:
    Common Core can be a good thing if done correctly. Regardless, we need to move away from high stakes testing–especially when the goal is to de-fund districts, destroy public trust in education, and demoralize educators. Public education is the great equalizer so we need to return to finding adequacy and equity in funding.

      1. Christina Matthews

        Here is the law firm from the article:

        “It’s a travesty,” says Terry Devine, of the Albany law firm of Devine, Markovits and Snyder, which argued the case on behalf of the New York State Association of Small City Schools until recently. “Quite frankly, these kids are written off. If you have the misfortune of being born in one of these areas to poor parents, you’re out of luck.”


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