A Siena Research poll released this morning says 50 percent of New Yorkers believe the new Common Core education standards are better for kids in the long run -- while 44 percent are unconvinced.
But 82 percent of all New York voters believe the state rushed its implementation of the Common Core in the public schools, confusing everyone involved and causing needless problems. And 58 percent say we need a time out on high-stakes testing of out students. They believe New York tests too much, too soon and is demoralizing the students.
Parents with children in the public schools rate the overall quality of their teachers as either excellent or good -- and 64 percent of all residents think so. Only 13 percent of Upstaters think teachers are paid too much. And 88 percent of Upstate New Yorkers say they somewhat or completely trust the teachers in their local schools to do what's best for their kids. That's far higher than they rate Governor Cuomo, the State Legislature or State Education Commissioner John King.
Siena and the Albany Times-Union have teamed up on this, the first in a series of polls on Upstate New York life.