Liu said, if elected, his plan would help reduce overcrowding, eliminate the current use of trailered classrooms as well as implement changes to mayoral control to restructure the Panel for Education Policy (PEP).
“As a public school graduate and parent, I know that there is nothing more important to our communities than quality of life issues,” Liu said. “Overcrowding, lack of adequate resources and limited opportunities for parental input has tarnished the jewels of our communities – our public schools.”
Liu’s plan for overhauling the Common Core standards would call on the State Education Department to release annual reports on student performance to study the correlation between test scores and grade point average as well as age, gender, race or regional factors in disparity of performance between students.
If elected, Liu said he is confident his plan would put more power into the hands of parents through granting the ability of appealing inaccurately scored tests, accommodate English language learners and require the disclosure of test questions and answers for review.
The proposal would also require the DOE to develop a five-year construction plan to phase out trailers and reform the current school planning process through a data-based system to make current regional population numbers available and develop a strategy for community input on school siting plans.
Assemblyman David Weprin joined Liu and other campaign supporters outside of Bayside High School, located at 32-24 Corporal Kennedy St., to rally behind the plan.
“Public education is the largest investment that we can make as taxpayers,” Weprin said. “And yet, here in Queens, our children have been constantly underserved by the public school system.”
After confirming her support for the District 11 Senate candidate, Congresswoman Grace Meng added that she too stands behind reforming the current education system.
“Everyone knows a quality education is the single most important factor to ensuring a successful future for our children,” Meng said. “That means making sure parents and teachers are thoroughly involved in the process and that our students have the adequate learning environment and resources they need in order to thrive.”