Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R,C,I-Brooklyn, Staten Island) today announced that she has been asked to speak at Duke University’s spring Connect2Politics series, part of the Hart Leadership Program. The University brings four elected officials under 40 that they consider “rising stars” to campus for a Speakers’ Series on government and leadership. This year’s participants also include South Bend (Ind.) Mayor Pete Buttigieg, San Francisco Supervisor Jane Kim and San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro. According to Alma Blount, director of the Hart Leadership Program, each politician was selected as part of their effort to ‘interact with young politicians at the state and municipal levels, because many of them are stepping up to tackle issues Washington has left unsolved.’
“It is a tremendous honor to have been selected to participate in this series and be noted alongside truly dynamic elected officials from around the nation who are helping shape their communities,” said Malliotakis. “As a life-long resident of New York City, I’m excited to share in the discussion about the important steps our state government has taken to tackle a $10 billion deficit while cutting taxes, restore lost transportation options, and rebuild our community post-Sandy.”
“Assemblywoman Malliotakis has a unique perspective on what it’s like to represent the residents of a large city at the state level. We look forward to her insight on whether metropolitan areas deserve more autonomy from other levels of government,” said Alma Blount, director of the Hart Leadership Program. “Nicole certainly made her name for herself through leadership in her district after being hit so hard by Hurricane Sandy. She has a bright future and we’re excited to hear her views.”
Previous participants include, Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl, Tallahassee City Commissioner Andrew Gillum, New Jersey State Senator Jennifer Beck and then-Mayor, now-Senator Cory Booker. Additional information about the Sanford School of Public Policy’s Hart Leadership Program and the Connect2Politics program can be found at http://www.hart.sanford.duke.edu/page/connect_to_politics/.
Malliotakis will take part in the Connect2Politics series on February 18.
Legislators share concern over Common Core learning standards.
Assembly members Nicole Malliotakis (R,C,I-Brooklyn, Staten Island) and Joe Borelli (R,C,I-South Shore) applauded New York State United Teachers’ (NYSUT) decision to pull its support for the Common Core Standards. This came on the heels of the recent decision of the board to declare “no confidence” in the policies of Education Commissioner John King, Jr. and issue a call for his removal.
“The effort to repeal or reform the failed Common Core curriculum is gaining more and more momentum as residents continue to join the chorus calling for reform. For the past year, we have been working with colleagues, speaking with parents and educators, and making the case to fix this very flawed system. Every day, the State Department of Education is feeling the pressure from thousands of parents, teachers and students from every corner of New York, and this is how we will achieve much-needed and meaningful reform,” said Malliotakis and Borelli.
In today’s announcement, NYSUT issued its request for a three-year moratorium on high-stakes consequences resulting from Common Core-aligned statewide standardized tests, meaning no teachers should be fired nor students kept from graduating because of poor performance.