Rob Astorino, County Executive of Westchester County, announced today that he and his wife have decided to opt their three children out of state testing. Astorino opposes both the high-stakes testing and the Common Core as intrusions on local control imposed by Washington and Albany.
Astorino, a Republican, is running for Governor against Andrew Cuomo.
He has twice been elected as County Executive in a county where only a quarter of voters are Republicans.
Because Cuomo has raised $33 million for his re-election campaign, most political pundits think he will be re-elected easily. He is heavily favored by Wall Street and has made his reputation as a pro-business, anti-public education governor.
Education will be an important issue in this campaign.