(Huntington, NY) Senate Candidate Jim Gaughran today announced that he will be organizing a listening tour in school districts throughout the 5th Senate District to speak with parents, students and educators and hear their concerns about public education issues, including the implementation of the Common Core standards. The 5th Senate District is made up of communities in Suffolk and Nassau counties, both of which had amongst the highest opt-out rates for the Common Core standardized tests. Jim will use the listening tour to hear residents' concerns and to formulate an education plan that creates greater input for local communities. Gaughran's tour follows an incident in which Senator Marcellino, the Senate Education Chair, refused to listen to the public education concerns of a group of local parents and ultimately kicked them out of his office.
“My views on public education are that educators should educate and that state elected leaders should provide resources and support, not put up roadblocks and more red tape,” Jim Gaughran said. “Unfortunately, my opponent Carl Marcellino was not only one of the architects of the disaster our education system is facing, he has also refused to do anything to address this crisis despite the fact that he is the Chair of the Senate Education Committee. This apathy from Senator Marcellino is compounded by his outright hostility to parents seeking real reforms and input on how to help their children succeed in the public education system.”
In recent weeks, multiple reports have been issued by parents who sought to discuss their concerns about public education with Senator Carl Marcellino, only to be rebuffed and kicked out of his office. This behavior would be inappropriate for any elected representative, though it is especially inappropriate given the fact that Carl Marcellino is Chair of the Senate Education Committee and his Senate District includes schools with some of the highest opt-out rates in New York State. In contrast to this behavior, Jim Gaughran’s listening tour will provide parents, educators and student with the opportunity to discuss their concerns with the public education system and will help guide Jim as he seeks to implement reforms and improve the quality of education Long Island students receive.
Bob Martorana, Sea Cliff Resident, Father Of Two Public High School Students & Event Host, said, “It is refreshing to see a candidate for office who actually cares about the concerns raised by parents, students and educators regarding the Common Core standards. Following years of indifference and outright rudeness from Senator Carl Marcellino, I am thrilled that Jim Gaughran is taking the time to listen to our priorities and discuss our views about the state of public education on Long Island. Jim clearly cares about the quality of education our children receive, and that's more than I can say about Carl Marcellino.”