People Have Much To Say At Common Core Forum


Debbie Dermady is a teacher at Guardino Elementary School in Clayton. She is one of the people that stepped up to the microphone to say Common  Core just isn't working.

Common Core was adopted in 45 states. Basically, schools in those states teach and grade students on the same thing at the same time.

Assemblyman Ken Blankenbush organized Tuesday's forum.

"People who are in the classroom -- superintendents, parents -- all should have had input on what Common Core means, how it should be taught, the testing procedures," Blankenbush said.

Many people who spoke at the forum said they didn't like the teaching modules educators are forced to use.

"It's a one size fit all solution," said Lori Atkinsion-Griffin, who is both a teacher and a parent.

Not everyone had totally negative things to say about Common Core. Beaver River Central School Superintendent Leueen Smithling says although Common Core isn't perfect, her district is able to work with it.

"Looked at the modules, taken what we've liked about them and use them with our existing curriculum," Smithling said.

The forum was one of 12 presented by the New York State Assembly Minority Conference.

Blankenbush says information from the forums will be used to make a case for changing Common Core when the new legislative session gets underway.
Monday, December 5, 2016
, Watertown, NY

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