Category Archives: View from the Assembly

View from the Assembly: Slow down Common Core implementation

By state Assemblyman Will Barclay

The implementation of the Common Core Learning Standards was easily the most talked about issue in K-12 education this year.

The Common Core is an initiative adopted by most states, including New York, that, in theory, is supposed to set new educational standards that will ensure all students are on track for college and career readiness.   Continue reading

View From The Assembly: Legislative Session review

By state Assemblyman Will Barclay

The Legislative Session has come to a close for the year. 

There were many good measures that passed and many more, however, that did not come to floor for a vote.

Here are a few noteworthy items that passed that I was pleased about. This list is not comprehensive and I will be sharing more about other measures which passed throughout the coming weeks but I wanted to share with you some highlights. Continue reading

View from the Assembly: Medical Marijuana

By state Assemblyman Will Barclay

The 2013-14 NYS legislative session has come to an end.

During the final week, hundreds of bills were passed. However, the legislation that got the most attention was legislation that legalized medical marijuana.

On a number of occasions in the past, I have voted against the legalization of medical marijuana. I did so for a number of reasons.   Continue reading