The action is a blow to supporters of the Common Core, which was approved several years ago in 45 states and the District of Columbia but which has become increasingly controversial around the country, with a number of states pulling back from the initiative or changing the standards. Some states, such as Florida, are actually changing the name so as not to be seen as being identified with the Core.
The New York State United Teachers, which is part of the American Federation of Teachers, had given its support to the Core earlier. But AFT President Randi Weingarten, a longtime Core supporters, has called implementation of the Core “far worse” than that of the troubled HealthCare.gov Web site. She also supports the NYSUT resolution.