Astorino announces anti-common core ballot line

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Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino. (City & State)

Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino. (City & State)

NEW YORK (CITY&STATE) – Tapping into the growing dissatisfaction with the state’s Common Core education standards, Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino announced a new “Stop Common Core” ballot line.

The new ballot line would give Astorino three ballot lines on the ticket in November, since he already will be on the Conservative Party and Republican Party lines. For the new ballot line to appear on Election Day, it will need 15,000 signatures from voters. Petitions will begin circulating today, Astorino said.

“Obviously [Gov. Andrew] Cuomo’s Common Core has been a disaster. The rollout and implementation speak for themselves on how bad it’s been,” Astorino said at an Albany press conference Tuesday. “But even once the implementation is rolled out some years in the future, we’re still left with Common Core, which I oppose, and it’s something we should get out of and I will get out of when I become governor next year.”

Astorino would not elaborate on what he would propose to replace Common Core. He also did not go into detail about what would happen to federal Race to the Top funding if New York abandoned the standards, but said he believed the state would be able to keep the funding.

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