Students First

Joy is a former public school teacher, an executive with private sector experience, and a researcher with a passion for finding ways to improve our schools and improve student academic performance. Joy’s experience, dedication and passion for reform led to her appointment to the State Board of Education in January of 2012.


"While Rep. Nelson's bill is a step in the right direction, it ultimately does nothing to give local school districts the authority they should have to determine their own high standards.

“Delaying Common Core may give districts more time to prepare for the consequences of implementation, but the fact still remains that parents and teachers have no say in the process. I fundamentally believe local school districts and their unique community of parents and teachers should be the ones to decide what their children learn and how they learn it.

“There is no doubt that we need to set high standards for our children, and expect excellence. But forcing one set of standards on schoolchildren from New York to California is not the best way to achieve that. This issue needs to be fixed, not merely delayed."


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