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Locals Share Thoughts on Cuomo's Education Comments

Opinions vary on Gov. Andrew Cuomo's education comments in his recent State of the State Address.

In Gov. Andrew Cuomo's recent State of the State address he spoke a lot about education, specifically calling for longer school days and a "bar exam" for teachers before they are allowed to work in a classroom.

After posting the details on the Miller Place-Rocky Point Patch Facebook page, locals had a lot to say on the matter with differing opinions. Here are a few reader comments.

Carrie George Bondar wrote, "As a former teacher, I would not be afraid to take an exam to show my competency. However, if I had been teaching for a long time and did not begin teaching with this proposed exam in place, I do not think I would be too thrilled to have to prove my competency..."

Janine Pisano-Record added, "I think the school days are long enough. My son goes to FJC and doesn't get out of school until 4pm ...then the mad dash for homework...reading...cub scouts...and any other after school activities they might have, before you know it its dinner and bed..."

Kathi Gaherty-Heggers said, "you can not measure the qualities of a good teacher from an exam."

Tracy Benfante Parisi added, "This is certainly not the first time this governor has had publicity over comments made that were ill informed. He says things that he thinks will make him popular without really having all the facts. I haven't liked him since day 1."

Christine Mc Sherry Strovink wrote, "Tax payers should be able to test governors, congress people, senators and future presidents for their abilities."

Christine Rochford Edmonds said, "I'm tired of hearing about the kids who are failing what about the majority of kids who are excelling?"

Karen Ierna Petrie stated, "Create a "bar exam" for Congress first!"

Want to share your thoughts on the matter? Write in our comments section below.

Justin Time January 11, 2013 at 01:08 PM
Considering the taxes we pay for supporting our already overpaid "educators", alot of weeding should be done. Working six months over a period of ten months does not create a consistancy of learning. Increase the school days, get rid of the deadwood, and turn out a product that will be a benefit to our society.
Pdiddy January 12, 2013 at 02:28 AM
Weeding? This is not your garden and you are clearly not informed. First, it is spelled "consistency", and local teachers push out a superior "product", if that is how you want to refer to local students. Further, you would be shocked to learn how many days other local professions work, and I will not refer directly and trash other professions, as you insist on doing. Chances are that you have no clue what it takes to be an educator, and will never feel the intrinsic satisfaction of actually teaching someone how to do something. In the meantime, continue to be a jealous fool.
Carol Anthony January 13, 2013 at 12:27 AM
New York teacher salaries average well above $71K, and on Long Island, the humber is considerably higher. There are plenty of skilled professionals in other fields that make much less than this, yet they are subject to competency reviews on a regular basis. Why should it be any different for teachers? The exam itself should however be carefully developed and tested by independent subject matter experts, not education bureaucrats. Similarly, an "exam" for government officials should not be developed by other government officials, unless the goal is to ensure everyone "rises to their level of incompetence." (As a former, certified teacher, I can attest there are many competent, even gifted educators in our schools; but there are also too many that are not.)

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