Students, Educators Share Concerns With Lawmaker
State education aid and Common Core curriculum standards were among the concerns educators relayed to Assemblywoman Janet Duprey.
The 115th District Republican assemblywoman spent the day Wednesday touring the St. Lawrence Central High School in Brasher Falls.
She met with students, faculty and administrators to get a first hand feel for what challenges the district is facing.
Last week, students held a demonstration in support of more state aid for academic programs and teachers.
Duprey says the state's education direction is in a transitionary time, but students in rural areas should have the same opportunity for education as those in a more populated setting.
"Really the districts that need the higher amounts of money, if we doing strictly on percentage, are never going to get caught up and every child deserves to have the right education," said Duprey.
"Kids unfortunately aren't offered the same types of course work that potentially they're going to need to be competitive and be college and career ready," said Stephan Vigliotti, district superintendent.
Duprey also says she supports a new plan to reform Common Core practices.
She says students need to be "excited to learn" and teachers shouldn't be forced to teach only towards standardized testing.