The Educators 4 Excellence report was written by eight current teachers who make up the "Teacher Action Team" on the common core for the New York City chapter of the organization. Educators 4 Excellence, a nonprofit that seeks to increase teachers' influence on education policy, has received considerable funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which has been a key backer of the common core.
In their report, the Educators 4 Excellence teachers voice support for the new standards, saying they "create clear, aspirational goals that all students ... should strive for." One of the teachers involved in the report is quoted in a sidebar as saying that a delay in the use of the standards "could create chaos and probably would be the end of the common core."
Nevertheless, the teachers acknowledge that implementation of the framework in New York (as elsewhere) has been "rocky," particularly in the areas of curriculum alignment and professional development. Drawing on their own experiences and what they've "heard from" other educators, they offer a number of recommendations for state policymakers intended to address ongoing challenges. The proposals include the following: