Month: December 2020

  • Valdespino wins 2003 ABA Pro Bono Publico Award

    first_imgValdespino wins 2003 ABA Pro Bono Publico Award June 1, 2003 Regular News Jacqueline Valdespino of Coconut Grove will receive one of the 2003 American Bar Association Pro Bono Publico Awards during the ABA Annual Meeting in San Francisco at a noon luncheon August 11 at the Moscone Center.ABA President Alfred P. Carlton, Jr., will host the Pro Bono Publico Awards luncheon, and San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown is the invited keynote speaker.Receiving awards with Valdespino — who also won Florida’s Tobias Simon Pro Bono Service Award this year — will be Kimball Anderson of Chicago; Mary Pat Toups of Laguna Woods, Calif.; the law firm of Latham & Watkins; and the Legal Division of Pfizer Inc., in New York.Valdespino will receive this year’s ABA Ann Liechty Pro Bono Child Custody Award, presented in memory of a former Pro Bono Publico Award recipient to honor a lawyer who has provided outstanding free legal services to children in custody cases.Valdespino has dedicated her 16-year legal career to enhancing the lives of children through the delivery of quality free legal services to children in child custody proceedings. She has served as a guardian ad litem in numerous family and matrimonial cases, and in 1997 was named as the Put Something Back organization’s Guardian Ad Litem of the Year. Since 1992, when she established her own law practice, Valdespino has accepted 33 pro bono guardian ad litem assignments, to which she has dedicated nearly 2,000 hours of work. She also served on the board of directors of the Child Abuse Prevention Program in Miami and as a mentor in The Florida Bar Family Law Section Mentor Program.“The individuals and firms receiving 2003 ABA Pro Bono Publico Awards have displayed tireless dedication to ensure that legal services are available to so many people in need,” said Debbie Segal, chair of the ABA committee. “Their creativity, energy and innovative approaches set an example for the entire legal profession. They deserve our highest commendation.”Anderson, of Chicago, was instrumental in developing the concept that members of his law firm should individually pledge to undertake a minimum of 35 hours of pro bono work, a significant departure from the “collective” goals most firms establish. He also led the private bar’s efforts in 2002 to persuade then Illinois Gov. George Ryan to commute the death sentences of all Illinois death row inmates, a natural extension of his extensive pro bono work representing those sentenced to death.Toups, of Laguna Woods, Calif., has spent her legal career in pro bono service. Since being admitted to the California Bar in 1974, she has been a volunteer lawyer at the Legal Aid Society of Orange County and the Public Defenders’ Office at the Orange County Juvenile Court. She has worked pro bono at the Volunteer Attorneys Office of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, where she represented abused children. She currently provides pro bono services to the elderly, works as a volunteer lawyer on the American Association of Retired Person’s legal hotline, and serves as a volunteer lawyer to senior citizens at the Senior Citizens Legal Advocacy Program of the Legal Aid Society of Orange County.Latham & Watkins, an international law firm with more than 1,400 lawyers in 20 offices worldwide, has a longstanding commitment to providing pro bono legal services, financial support, and volunteer time to charitable organizations and to individuals throughout the world. It is a founding member of the Law Firm Pro Bono Project and is a signatory to the Law Firm Pro Bono Challenge — a commitment to devote an annual average of 60 hours per lawyer to free legal representation.The Legal Division of Pfizer Inc. has a long record of pro bono work, which it formalized in 2001 by establishing its in-house pro bono program, which features a full-time legal division staff position dedicated to the delivery of pro bono services.center_img Valdespino wins 2003 ABA Pro Bono Publico Awardlast_img read more

  • Mentoring program aimed at new appellate attorneys

    first_imgMentoring program aimed at new appellate attorneys Mentoring program aimed at new appellate attorneys The Appellate Practice Section has launched its mentoring program, aimed at assisting young lawyers, occasional practitioners, and experienced appellate lawyers venturing in new areas, as well as promoting interaction among section members.The section will provide match-ups for telephone or e-mail consultations with experienced appellate lawyers in the following appellate subject areas: administrative, civil, criminal, family, juvenile, workers’ compensation, or federal practice.Here’s how the program works: The inquiring attorney first identifies a legal problem or issue and determines which of the categories would encompass such a problem or issue. The inquiring attorney then sends an e-mail to mentor@flabarappellate.org. The e-mail must include the inquiring attorney’s name, e-mail address, and phone number, and indicate the category or areas of law in which assistance is sought. The e-mail should then give a brief summary of the question, and identify all known adverse or probable adverse parties and counsel.The e-mail will then be forwarded to a volunteer mentor attorney who has indicated experience in the requested category. The panel attorney checks for conflicts as to the listed adverse parties, then (if finding none) responds by telephone or e-mail within three to five days. After the response from the panel attorney, the inquiring attorney should exercise his or her own independent judgment to resolve the legal issue or problem. Panel members serve on a volunteer basis; an inquiring attorney should refrain from involving a panel member in a prolonged dialogue.The Appellate Practice Section makes no representations as to the knowledge or experience of any panel attorney and disclaims any liability or responsibility regarding any inquiry made pursuant to the program. The program does not contemplate and is not intended to create a formal association between the inquiring attorney and the panel attorney, or any attorney-client relationship between the panel attorney and the ultimate client, and care should be taken not to reveal confidences or key strategic information. November 15, 2003 Regular Newslast_img read more

  • Let the economic good times roll

    first_img Let the economic good times roll Let the economic good times roll Florida Bar survey finds lawyers’ earnings are up across the board Mark D. Killian Managing Editor Income for the typical Florida lawyer rose by $15,000 over the past two years to an average of $100,000, according to The Florida Bar’s 2004 Economics and Law Office Management Survey.Florida lawyers in private practice also reported spending an average 50 hours each week in the office and billing for 30 of those hours — numbers similar to those reported for the past four years.The median 2003 income of $100,000 for Bar members was up from $85,000 in 2001, $82,000 in 1999, and from $75,000 in 1997.Complete survey results may be obtained from the Bar’s Research, Planning, and Evaluation Department by sending in the coupon at the bottom of this page.The poll is taken every other year to keep lawyers informed on what their colleagues are doing in various areas of law office management. This year’s survey was completed by 459 lawyers from a sample of 2,751. The 17 percent response rate — much lower than past surveys and attributed to the four hurricanes that arrived during the time the survey was distributed — gives a 5 percent margin of error, according to Mike Garcia, director of the Bar’s Research, Planning, and Evaluation Department.The survey found 77 percent of Florida lawyers are in private practice, while 16 percent are government lawyers or judges. The remainder work as corporate counsel, for legal aid offices, or for other employers. Sixty-six percent of respondents report working in a firm or other legal setting with five or fewer lawyers, while 11 percent say they work with 26 or more attorneys. Salaries and Benefits Overall, 2004 income reported in the survey ranged from zero to $1.4 million.Associates fresh out of law school averaged $45,000 in 2004 — up $5,000 from the 2002 survey — while new law grads with some experience made $50,000. The median for lawyers with fewer than three years of experience was $55,000, compared with $70,000 for those in practice three to five years, and $80,000 for those with six to eight years of experience.Associates with more than eight years experience had a median income of $100,000, up $10,000 from two years ago.The survey found a partner or shareholder typically made $135,000, up $10,000 from two years ago. Sole practioners reported a median income of $85,000, up $10,000 from two years ago, and state government lawyers had a median income of $50,000, also up $5,000 from two years ago.Respondents reported 50 percent of their offices’ gross receipts in 2004 went to pay the lawyers in the office, while 20 percent went to support staff salaries, and the remaining 30 percent paid for all the other firm expenses, percentages that all held steady over the past two years.The survey found 65 percent of Florida firms employ legal assistants/paralegals. The typical newly hired legal assistant/paralegal without experience made $26,000 last year. Current legal assistants/paralegals with less than five years experience made $30,500, while those with five to 10 years experience made $40,000, and those on the job for more than 10 years pulled in $45,000.The average salary for newly hired legal secretaries without experience was $25,000, compared with $28,000 for those with less than five years experience, $35,000 for those with five to 10 years of experience, and $39,500 for those current employees with more than 10 years on the job. Billable Hours The poll showed that 63 percent of all respondents maintain billable hours and for those that keep them, 54 percent billed 1,600 hours or fewer in 2003. Ten percent billed between 1,601 and 1,800 hours, 16 percent billed from 1,801 to 2,000 hours, and 19 percent said they billed more than 2,000 hours.The survey found 78 percent of respondents list their hourly rate at $150 or higher and 13 percent said they charge $300 or more an hour.Fifty-one percent of respondents in private practice report they always use written fee contracts, while 20 percent indicated they seldom or never use them. The survey also showed 67 percent of all respondents use a written fee contract to disclose what costs will be charged to clients and the basis/rate for such costs, while 13 percent said they provide a separate written disclosure on billings, and 13 percent said they disclose what costs will be charged to clients orally. At least three-quarters of all private practice respondents included an itemized list of services performed (79 percent) and an itemized list of disbursements (75 percent) in their billing statements to clients. Contingency Fees Just under half (49 percent) of all respondents report that their firms handle contingency fee cases. Of those who accept cases on a contingency fee basis, the majority say those types of cases comprise less than 25 percent of the total number of cases they handle. The study found no significant difference since 2000 in the percentage of cases that are handled on a contingency fee basis.Almost two-thirds (64 percent) of those who handle contingency fee cases report their firm receives between 30 and 39 percent of the amount awarded if the case is won.center_img January 15, 2005 Managing Editor Regular Newslast_img read more

  • Rule would limit malpractice fees

    first_imgRule would limit malpractice fees May 1, 2005 Managing Editor Regular News Rule would limit malpractice fees Mark D. Killian Managing Editor The Florida Medical Association has directed its attorney to file a petition with the Supreme Court to conform the Rules of Professional Conduct to the provisions set forth in Amendment 3, which limits contingency fees in medical malpractice cases to 30 percent of the first $250,000 awarded, not including costs, and to 10 percent above that.“Some lawyers have suggested that because the amendment is a constitutional provision, the client may waive its requirement and agree to a higher contingent fee than permitted by the amendment,” FMA’s lawyer, Stephen Grimes, wrote in the petition that was also signed by 53 other Florida lawyers that will be filed June 29 with the Supreme Court asking for the rule change. “Such a suggestion would have the lawyer negotiating with the client in order to have the client agree to give up his constitutional right in order that the lawyer may receive a higher fee,” Grimes wrote. “To permit such a practice would not only put the lawyer in an unethical position but fly in the face of the constitutional mandate overwhelmingly approved by the voters of Florida.”Alexander Clem, president of the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, said while the petition comes as no surprise, he is unaware of any other instances where citizens are unable to waive a constitutional right.“It gets down to the fundamental freedom of contract issue,” Clem said. “It is a federal constitutional right to contract as that person sees fit and it has always been a client’s privilege to waive rights that are granted to them under. . . federal and state constitutions.“Our position is that if a client chooses to waive his or her rights under Amendment 3, it is their privilege,” Clem said.The petition would amend Rule 4-1.5(f)(4)(b) by the addition of subdivision (iii) as follows:Notwithstanding the preceding provisions of subdivision (B), in medical liability cases, attorney fees shall not exceed the following percentages of all damages received by the claimant, exclusive of reasonable and customary costs, whether received by judgment, settlement, or otherwise, and regardless of the number of defendants:a. Thirty percent (30%) of the first $250,000.b. Ten percent (10%) of all damages in excess of $250,000.Bar rules allow any 50 members in good standing to petition the court for rules amendments, provided the amendments proposed are filed with the Bar at least 90 days before the petition is filed with the court and are published in the News at least 30 days before the petition in filed. (See Notice, page 2.)Grimes said the Florida Medical Association asked him to use the 50 member rule to petition for the change instead of going through the Board of Governors because the FMA feels the amendment “will be pretty contentious within the Bar association itself. . . and probably this would be the best way to get it up or down with the Supreme Court.”last_img read more

  • April 15, 2005 Disciplinary Actions

    first_img Disciplinary Actions April 15, 2005 Disciplinary Actions April 15, 2005 Disciplinary Actionscenter_img The Florida Supreme Court in recent court orders suspended four, reprimanded four, disbarred three, and accepted the resignation of one attorney.The following lawyers are disciplined: Neil Jay Buchalter, P.O. Box 5087, Titusville, reprimanded for professional misconduct following a December 16, 2004 court order. Buchalter is further placed on probation for two years. ( Admitted to practice: 1980) Buchalter failed to preserve a client’s property and failed to act with reasonable diligence and promptness in representing a client. (Case no. SC04-699) Charles David Conway, 813 S. Bay Ave., Beach Haven, N.J., disbarred from practicing law in Florida, effective 30 days following a December 16, 2004 court order. ( Admitted to practice: 1980) Among several Bar violations, Conway engaged in conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit, or misrepresentation; committed a criminal act that reflects adversely on his honesty, trustworthiness, or fitness as a lawyer in other respects; and made false statements in connection with a disciplinary matter. (Case no. SC04-357) Ian Gomez, 2037 First Ave. N., St. Petersburg, reprimanded for professional misconduct following a December 16, 2004 court order. Gomez must complete eight hours of continuing legal education in the area of criminal law within the next reporting period. ( Admitted to practice: 1996) Gomez represented a client in which the representation of that client was directly adverse to the interests of another client. (Case no. SC04-1401) Cynthia Ann Holloway, 184 Baltic Circle, Tampa, reprimanded for professional misconduct following a December 16, 2004 court order. ( Admitted to practice: 1981) Holloway violated or attempted to violate the Rules of Professional Conduct, knowingly assisted or induced another to do so, or did so through the acts of another and engaged in conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit, or misrepresentation. (Case no. SC04-1906) Robert Alan Kerr, 1709 Crossvine Court, New Port Richey, suspended from practicing law in Florida for 60 days, effective 30 days following a Dec. 2, 2004 court order. ( Admitted to practice: 1993) Among several Bar violations, Kerr failed to keep a client reasonably informed about the status of a matter and promptly comply with reasonable requests for information; failed to explain a matter to the extent reasonably necessary to permit the client to make informed decisions regarding the representation; and engaged in conduct in connection with the practice of law that is prejudicial to the administration of justice. (Case no. SC04-341) Maritza Regalado, 2742 S.W. Eighth St., Ste. 202, Miami, disbarred from practicing law in Florida, effective immediately following a December 16, 2004 court order. ( Admitted to practice: 1992) Among several Bar violations, Regalado failed to provide competent representation to a client; failed to keep a client reasonably informed about the status of a matter and promptly comply with reasonable requests for information; and failed to act with reasonable diligence and promptness in representing a client. (Case nos. SC03-1273 and SC04-858) Bertram Shapero, 1128 Royal Palm Beach Blvd., #407, West Palm Beach, disbarred from practicing law in Florida, effective 30 days following a December 2, 2004 court order. ( Admitted to practice: 1982) Among several Bar violations, Shapero engaged in conduct in connection with the practice of law that is prejudicial to the administration of justice; formed a partnership with a nonlawyer; and failed to provide competent representation to a client. (Case nos. SC01-1691 and SC01-2812) Elliot Stanley Shaw, 712 Belvedere Road, West Palm Beach, suspended from practicing law in Florida on an emergency basis until further court order, effective 30 days following a December 3, 2004 court order. ( Admitted to practice: 1974) A review of Shaw’s trust account revealed that there is clear and convincing evidence that he is causing great public harm by misappropriating client funds. (Case no. SC04-2227) John Deighton Simpson, 4435 Lafayette St., Marianna, reprimanded for professional misconduct following a December 9, 2004 court order. Simpson is further placed on probation for two years, effective immediately following a Dec. 9, 2004 court order. ( Admitted to practice: 1978) Among several Bar violations, Simpson failed to comply with Rules Regulating Trust Accounts and failed to comply with the responsibilities regarding nonlawyer assistants. (Case no. SC04-1917) Taryn Xenia Temmer, 1106 N. Parsons Ave., Brandon, suspended from practicing law in Florida on an emergency basis until further court order, effective 30 days following a December 6, 2004 court order. ( Admitted to practice: 1988) Temmer has caused, or likely to cause, immediate and serious harm to her clients and/or the public. (Case no. SC04-2226) Mary Agnes Webster, 13015 S.W. 89th Place, Miami, suspended from practicing law in Florida for 90 days, effective 30 days following a December 9, 2004 court order. ( Admitted to practice: 1986) Webster failed to keep a client reasonably informed about the status of a matter and promptly comply with reasonable requests for information and failed to provide competent representation to a client. (Case no. SC04-2055) Francis Montague Wells, 4911 Park St. N., St. Petersburg, resigned in lieu of disciplinary proceedings, with leave to seek readmission after five years, effective 30 days following an October 14, 2004 court order. ( Admitted to practice: 1968) At the time of resignation, Wells had a case pending at the grievance committee level of investigation. (Case no. SC04-1504) Court orders are not final until time expires to file a rehearing motion and, if filed, determined. The filing of such a motion does not alter the effective date of the discipline .last_img read more

  • Court orders Judge Woodard to be publicly reprimanded

    first_imgCourt orders Judge Woodard to be publicly reprimanded February 1, 2006 Regular News Court orders Judge Woodard to be publicly reprimandedcenter_img The Supreme Court has ordered Charlotte County Judge W. Wayne Woodard be publicly reprimanded for improperly trying to discourage an opponent from running against him, providing false information in his campaign literature, and repeatedly exhibiting rudeness and impatience with those appearing before him.In its January 5 ruling, the court also ordered Judge Woodard to complete “suitable anger management counseling.”Judge Woodard fully admitted engaging in the improper behavior and entered into a stipulated agreement with the Judicial Qualifications Commission.The seven violations of the judicial canons include:• In 2004, Woodard made an improper effort to discourage an opponent from running against him.• Woodard was frequently late in beginning scheduled first appearance hearings.• He left an arraignment to conduct a radio campaign interview.• Woodard once began his small claims docket at 8:50 a.m., when it was scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. and insisted that an attorney commence her case in the absence of her opponent, stating, “The docket starts when I say it starts.”• Woodard incorrectly asserted in campaign literature the number of jury trials over which he presided.• Despite the fact that following the hurricanes in the summer of 2004 the trial schedule was in disarray, when an expert witness in a small claims case pending before him failed to appear, Woodard issued a bench warrant for the witness with a $100,000 bond. This resulted in that person being incarcerated for seven hours before Woodard released him on his own recognizance.• Repeatedly exhibited rudeness and impatience with counsel, witnesses, and parties appearing before him.“[W]e determine that Judge Woodard’s misconduct is unbecoming to a member of the judiciary and undermines the integrity of the judicial system,” the court said. “Accordingly, we approve the recommended sanction of a public reprimand and completion of ‘suitable anger management counseling.’”Judge Woodard was directed to appear before the court for the administration of the public reprimand at 8:30 a.m. on February 10.last_img read more

  • Hewlett Armed Home Invasion Victims Tied Up

    first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Nassau County police are investigating an armed home invasion in Hewlett in whuch an elderly  couple was tied up on Saturday night.A 73-year-old man was getting out of his vehicle that he had just parked in the garage of his Lakeview Drive home when two men wearing dark-colored masks, one of whom was armed with a handgun, forced the victim inside the house at 8:15 p.m.., police said.The assailants forced the victim to walk from room to room after they demanded money and property. They found his 72-year-old wife in the master bedroom, where the same demands were made of her.The masked duo tied both victims’ hands behind their backs before they fled with cash and jewelry.  The couple, who was not injured, then called 911.  There was no description of the suspects.Fourth Squad detectives ask anyone with information regarding this crime to contact Nassau County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS.  All callers will remain anonymous.last_img read more

  • Pol Proposes Reforms to Ease Common Core Controversy

    first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Long Island lawmaker is urging New York State Education Department to delay for a year a plan to store students’ information on cloud-based network linked to the controversial Common Core State Standards.That is one of the nine proposed reforms—five policy recommendations and four bills—that State Sen. John Flanagan (R-East Northport) unveiled to address concerns with the roll out of the new state tests, privacy issues with planned data storage and implementation of the curriculum.“We are listening and we get it,” Flanagan, chairman of the state Senate education committee, told the Press following a news conference announcing the proposed package of reforms Thursday. “The public is beyond frustrated.”Flanagan proposed the measures after hearing more than 30 hours of testimony in five hearings and reviewing more than 1,000 pages of written testimony detailing problems with the roll out of the Common Core standards that were implemented this year.Parents, teachers and administrators have been extremely vocal about the stress and anxiety this education reform has caused in educators and students alike. But, Flanagan said the problem lies with the overall implementation of the standards and not with the standards themselves.“While there was certainly no consensus on Common Core itself, there was a consistent and coherent theme that Common Core standards are laudable and accomplish many positive things for our students,” he said.Aside from delaying the Education Data Portal to ensure student data protection, his policy recommendations to the education department include: expediting federal waivers from mandates on various testing restrictions including those for children with learning disabilities and English language learners; producing missing modules—packets that guide teachers on the curriculum; aligning assessments proportionally to curriculum already implemented; and increasing funding for professional development so that teachers would be more prepared to teach the new curriculum.Flanagan’s proposed legislation includes: a bill that would ban all standardized testing in children from preschool until second grade; an “Unnecessary Testing” bill that would require the state commissioner of education to expedite a review Annual Professional Performance Review plans to eliminate unnecessary assessments; a bill establishing civil and criminal penalties for privacy breaches to the student data portal; and a “Truth-in-Testing” bill that would require an audit and evaluate the testing program and require the state education commissioner to report the effectiveness on the Common Core state tests.These measures are designed to streamline an overwhelmingly complicated system while reducing testing for the children and holding those in charge of implementing the tests accountable, according to Flanagan. But the proposals did not pacify critics.“I was expecting a full meal and I got a Ritz cracker,” said a disappointed Dr. Joe Rella, superintendent of Comsewogue School District and fierce critic of the Regents Reform Agenda.Assemb. Al Graf  (R-Holbrook), who proposed a bill that would completely withdraw the state from the national Common Core and Race to the Top programs, was similarly unimpressed.“The ones we have are garbage,” Graf  said of Flanagan’s proposal to expedite the Common Core curriculum modules for teachers. “Why do we want more?”Rella agreed that nothing short of pausing the education reform full stop to examine each problem and address it properly is acceptable.“Stop it. Fix it,” he said. “And if it can’t be fixed, throw it out.”last_img read more

  • LIRR Urges Riders to Leave Work Early Due to Winter Storm

    first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Long Island Rail RoadThe MTA Tuesday afternoon urged customers using the Long Island Rail Road to leave work early because an early-arriving winter storm.“The MTA urges customers to leave work early & finish traveling early tonight, especially those who use Metro-North & LIRR,” the agency said. “The storm arrived earlier than predicted, bringing higher snow accumulation & stronger wind gusts, raising the prospect of snow drifts of up to 2 feet.”The MTA noted that snow accumulation of 10 inches or more could force the agency to suspend service.As of 2:30 p.m., the LIRR was reporting good service on all its branches.The National Weather Service said that Long Island could get blanketed with up to 14 inches of snow.Light snowfall started early Tuesday morning and grew stronger in the early afternoon.It is expected to pick up in intensity around 7 p.m. and continue that way through the overnight hours, forecasters said.last_img read more

  • Pols Call for Common Core Delay, Cuomo Urges Patience

    first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York New York State legislators are urging state education department and Board of Regents leaders to delay implementing controversial Common Core standards while Long Island lawmakers push a bill to do just that.State Senate co-leaders Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre) and Jeff Klein (D-Bronx) as well as Assembly Speak Sheldon Silver (D-Manhattan) all released statements Tuesday calling for a delaying the widely criticized rollout of the new tests and curricula. But Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Albany should wait for his panel reviewing the issue to release its recommendations—an idea that did not sit well with some.“I believe that a panel of so-called experts will not know more than thousands of parents, teachers, and students who already know that implementation of Common Core must be delayed,” State Sen. Phil Boyle (R-Bay Shore) told the Press.How long it should be delayed depends upon the lawmaker. Boyle said he is drafting legislation that would delay Common Core for three years, while Silver and Skelos said should be delayed at least two years.Long Island Parents & Teachers Revolt Against Common CoreThe state Senate leaders are also calling for a delay in the operation of the Education Data Portal for one year, citing concerns about “the ability of unauthorized third-parties to access personally identifiable information of students, teachers, and principals.”They maintain that they support an “improved education curriculum that increases standards,” but that the implementation, as it now stands, “has been poorly executed.”The state legislators, conscious of the bottom line, stopped short of calling for a full repeal of Common Core.In a letter to constituents, Boyle conceded that “a complete repeal of Common Core [would be] impractical, as it would cost our New York schools literally billions in dollars in education aid.”Melissa Derosa, the communications director for Cuomo, issued a statement in reaction to calls from the legislature for a Common Core moratorium, expressing support for the overall program while agreeing that the rollout is flawed.“The Governor announced that he will assemble a panel that includes education experts and members of the legislature to identify flaws in Common Core’s rollout and take corrective action by the end of this session,” she said. “It would be premature to consider any moratorium before the panel is allowed to do its work.”last_img read more