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Some state lawmakers vow to vote down Board of Regents members

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CNY/NNY/S. Tier: Some state lawmakers vow to vote down on Board of Regents members
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The Common Core has garnered a lot of criticism since it was implemented in 2010. Parents, teachers and students have spoken out about their struggles with the new standards.

"This has been a disaster for the teachers, students, and parents of New York. This roll out of the Common Core has been mishandled," said Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin, R-Rensselaer County.

Now, lawmakers on both sides of the aisle say it's time to hold someone accountable. And, they say they'll have a chance to do that Tuesday when four members of the New York State Board of Regents are up for re-election.

"I just don't think any of the incumbents deserved another chance. They've overseen a situation that has wreaked havoc on our educational program," said state Sen. Terry Gipson, D-Rhinebeck.

Gipson and McLaughlin are voting down on all four incumbents. Those four are two members at-large and two regional representatives -- one from Albany and another from Staten Island.

"They were responsible for the mishandling and the disastrous rollout. I don't think it's right to re-appoint them," said McLaughlin.

Lawmakers looking to replace the incumbents will have a pool of nearly 20 candidates to choose from. The incumbents will need 107 votes from the legislature in order to be re-elected. McLaughlin says it will be a close vote.

"I think it sends out a message to the community and the parents and children of New York. Enough is enough. We're going to get some new people in here," he said.

Time Warner Cable News did reach out to the four Regents' members for a response. All of them declined to comment at this time. ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP