County Legislator Sue Serino (R,C,I-Hyde Park), candidate for the 41st State Senate District, will host a kick-off rally to launch her petition effort to establish the StopCommonCore line on Saturday, July 19 at 10:00 a.m. The rally and petition drive will be held at Serino’s campaign headquarters, 4290 Albany Post Road in Hyde Park. Following the flawed implementation of Common Core during this past school year, Serino felt it is especially important for residents to know exactly where she stands on the issue.


“As a mother, I have watched the disastrous implementation of Common Core with great concern for our young people and the future of our education system,” said Serino. “As I have been going door-to-door across the district, I have repeatedly heard horror stories from parents whose children have been left devastated by Common Core. That’s why I’ve joined the petition drive, to send a clear message to everyone where I stand on this important issue. I look forward to everyone’s support and encourage everyone to come by on Saturday and help us launch the StopCommonCore ballot line.”


Serino is being joined in her effort by local education activist.


“Common Core has been a total disaster here in New York State. Both NY State’s Governor and the Commissioner of Education have failed us and have put children directly in harm’s way. Students are being exploited and used as human lab mice without permission or consent of parents because of Common Core. This was rolled out by businessmen who never met your children, or their teachers and only see your child as a potential worker. Contrary to popular belief, NO teachers were involved in developing the standards. Everyone, especially parents and teachers, deserves to know where their legislators stand on this issue and I’m proud to stand with Sue against these misguided education standards,” said Christopher Zaleski, of New Yorkers United for Kids.


“Common Core is a mechanism the federal government is using to gain control of our education system. It was implemented four years ago without public or legislative discourse, and is hurting our children by using experimental education techniques. We need to protect our children and bring local control back to education,” said Anne LaValle, a Wappingers School District parent.


Those interested in joining the effort should contact Serino’s campaign at (845) 475-1188 or email