Albany, N.Y. - A usually routine re-election vote for four members of the State Board of Regents has taken on drama amid widespread furor over the roll-out of tough new academic standards.

Lawmakers facing elections this year are feeling the heat from parents and educators on Common Core, a tougher curriculum standard in English and math designed to improve students' college and career readiness. Teachers have said they weren't given sufficient material and guidance to teach the new Common Core standards.

The Regents oversee state educational policy. They are chosen by the majority of the state's 63 senators and 150 Assembly members, meaning 107 votes are needed.


Democrats in control of the Assembly typically control the vote, but because of vacancies only have 99 seats.