New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said in a campaign ad yesterday that he will delay using Common Core assessment scores for five years and then only if New York children are ready. He even took flak from his Democratic primary opponent, Zephyr Teachout who opposed Common Core, Teachout earned 1/3 of the vote in New York’s recent Democratic Primary giving Cuomo a tougher primary than expected.
The Stop Common Core Ballot Line delivered over 62,000 signatures. Over 30,000 students opted-out of Common Core assessments last spring including Cuomo’s Republican challenger, Rob Astorino’s children.
Then there is the polling that occurred over the summer that I wrote about.
49% of New Yorkers want Common Core implementation stopped in a Siena College poll taken on July 13-16th of 774 likely New York voters. Only 39% want to see the standards implemented. The poll has a margin of error of +/- 3.5%.
60% of Republicans want to see the Common Core implementation stopped compared to 25% who support the Common Core. 47% of Democrats want to see the Common Core continued, but 40% do not. (Again this demonstrates Common Core opposition is not partisan.). 53% of independents want to see Common Core implementation stopped, while only 39% want to see it continued.
More moderates, conservatives, union households, non-union households, men, women, suburbanites, upstaters, whites, Catholics, and members of all age groups want to see the Common Core implementation stopped.
African Americans are the only group that overwhelmingly favor implementation of the Common Core by a 60% to 25% margin. Hispanics, and Protestants are divided. Liberals and Jewish voters both support the implementation of the Common Core by a seven and six point margin. Those who live in New York City support it by a 52% to 34% margin.
Those who make $50,000 or more a year oppose the implementation of the Common Core. Those who make less are split 45% to 45%.
This is an issue that is running away from Cuomo and he realizes it. You can watch his ad here or below.
David Weigel writing at Bloomberg Politics says that Cuomo is conceding defeat in the Common Core wars. I wouldn’t go that far. A full repeal is the only concession speech that many New Yorkers want to hear. A campaign promise can be fleeting, tangible action is necessary. Rob Astorino has hinged much of his campaign on a promise to repeal the Common Core. A delay in counting scores seems like a weak response in comparison.