By Tom Precious
ALBANY --Senate co-leader Dean Skelos, the Legislature's top Republican, was somewhat gentle with his criticism of Democrats when he spoke on the floor during today's voting for the Board of Regents.
Tonight, on paper, he raised the rhetorial wars:
"Today, Democrats in the state Assembly, and many Senate Democrats, voted for the status quo and betrayed their constituents and school children. The flawed process that resulted in the election of four Regents candidates, nominated by the Assembly, was a missed opportunity to change course and begin to clean up the Common Core mess.
"Unfortunately, the reinstatement of Regents responsible for the disastrous implementation of Common Core has damaged our goal of raising educational standards and improving our schools. Higher standards are critically important to ensure that students are college and career ready. We remain committed to improving our schools and raising standards.
"On behalf of the thousands of frustrated parents, students and teachers that I represent, I voted against confirmation of the four Regents candidates to send a loud and clear message that our students deserve better. Parents are demanding that this bureaucratic disaster be fixed. New York State must return its focus to one overriding goal: providing the best quality education in the country so every student can achieve a bright, successful and rewarding future."