Albany, N.Y. – 03/31/2014 – Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson) has announced that the New York State 2014-2014 budget includes a two-year delay for controversial Common Core standards and an increase in state school aid funding for every public school in the 40th Senate District.

The budget includes a two-year delay on the use of the controversial common core testing for grade promotion decisions for children from third to eighth grades and measures to eliminate unnecessary standardized testing to focus more classroom time on teaching, rather than testing.

The budget also includes strict data protection provisions to protect student privacy. The test results would still be used for teacher evaluations.

“I am cautiously optimistic, but disappointed that this is not a more comprehensive repeal. Regardless of the good intentions, Common Core has become an uncommon disaster. The botched roll out of these new standards has been a nightmare for our children. We must be committed to providing our students with the best possible education available. However, education is not about teaching to the test and it should never become a one-size fits all endeavor, sinking to the lowest common denominator,” said Senator Greg Ball.

In addition to the Common Core Delay, the state budget has also included a $1.1 billion increase in school aid to help ensure a quality education for every child all across New York State. All 20 schools across the 40th Senate district will receive a combined $17,521,885 increase from last year, a 7.8% increase.

“I am excited to announce that school districts all across my Senate District will receive a 7.8% increase! It is important, even during these tough economic times, to raise the bar on education and I am proud to have worked to deliver for these schools,” added Senator Greg Ball.

“This is hopeful news and necessary action. Funding is very much needed and we hope more will follow. The Lakeland community will continue to work hard to protect our children and continue to work hard to be heard. Parents for a Common Cause will continue to be a vehicle for parents to stay abreast of important issues and will keep the lines of communication open with Senator Ball. Senator Ball’s partnership in our concerns with the Common Core implementation has proven to be invaluable,” said Denise Kness, mother of two at Lakeland Central School District and co-founder of Parents for a Common Cause.

School aid for the 40th Senate District:

School District 2013-2014 Aid 2014-2015 Aid Total Increase Percent Increase
Bedford 5,425,586 5,906,442 480,856 8.9%
Brewster 15,746,344 15,762,244 15,900 0.1%
Briarcliff Manor 3,868,599 4,502,126 633,527 16.4%
Carmel 22,958,665 24,758,050 1,799,385 7.8%
Chappaqua 7,180,172 8,103,106 922,934 12.9%
Croton Harmon 4,183,009 4,761,797 578,788 13.8%
Hendrick Hudson 4,969,174 5,569,951 600,777 12.1%
Katonah Lewisboro 6,864,376 7,389,216 524,840 7.6%
Lakeland 36,350,736 39,073,751 2,723,015 7.5%
Mahopac 29,148,708 29,270,912 122,204 0.4%
Mt. Pleasant 4,615,730 4,886,322 270,592 5.9%
North Salem 2,138,722 2,279,829 141,107 6.6%
Pawling 5,821,197 5,982,156 160,959 2.8%
Peekskill 31,094,309 34,082,893 2,988,584 9.6%
Pleasantville 5,644,460 6,019,961 375,501 6.7%
Pocantico Hill 1,075,551 1,119,911 44,360 4.1%
Somers 7,616,684 8,460,861 844,177 11.1%
Tarrytown 10,508,832 12,132,224 1,623,392 15.4%
Valhalla 4,021,062 4,430,701 409,639 10.2%
Yorktown 15,134,731 17,396,079 2,261,248 14.9%
TOTAL 224,366,647 241,888,532 17,521,885 7.8%

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About Greg Ball

Assemblyman Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson) is the Senator for New York State's 40th district. A former Vice President of Exceed International Development Corporation, Ball holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the United States Air Force Academy, is currently completing his Masters Thesis of Liberal Studies in International Affairs at Georgetown University, and received an honorable discharge in 2005 at the rank of Captain after service as an active duty officer in the United States Air Force. View all posts by Greg Ball →
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