- As Chairman of the Senate Committee on Education, Flanagan has blocked two pieces of NYSUT supported legislation (stopping testing in K-2 and protecting the privacy of student data collected by the testing companies) which were passed virtually unanimously in the Assembly.
- He is the only Long Island legislator to accept money (over $10,000) from Michelle Rhee’s pro-testing, anti-union PAC.
- Senator Flanagan is one of only two State Senators who are taking money from ALEC (The American Legislative Exchange Council, a powerful lobbying group which promotes, among many other things, legislation to undercut public education).
- Senator Flanagan has been holding invitation only hearings on education reform, but somehow has neglected to invite representatives from the school districts within his legislative area.
Here’s the Salon article referenced in the video:
A few links from around the web:
NYS Senator Al Graf blasts Newsday for not reporting on the Forum on Testing (The link includes a video of the event)
Despite canceling four Town Hall meetings across the state because of heavy criticism, Commissioner King kept his engagement to speak at an invitation-only forum at Oyster Bay High School, where he encountered (bet you don’t see this coming) still more criticism.
Thanks to East Moriches Teachers Association for some of the above links.