Students encouraged to boycott Common Core tests

East Patchogue Assemblyman Dean Murray is sponsoring a bill to allow children to refuse the test, without repercussions.

East Patchogue Assemblyman Dean Murray is sponsoring a bill to allow children to refuse the test, without repercussions. (4/7/15)

LONG ISLAND - Some Albany Democrats and Republicans are encouraging students to boycott upcoming Common Core tests.

East Patchogue Assemblyman Dean Murray is sponsoring a bill to allow children to refuse the test, without repercussions. The bill is a direct challenge to the new budget deal just approved in Albany.

The new bill would give schools a share of $157 million in operation aid, but the schools would have to adopt the new teacher evaluation systems, with Common Core exams playing a larger role.

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