Leaders to propose common core reform

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The controversial common core will be back under fire Friday. State officials have been listening to teachers, parents and students concerns for months. Some local lawmakers say they’ve heard enough concerns, and now they want to do something.

On Friday six state assembly members will unveil proposals to reform the controversial common core standards. The new curriculum has caught heat from many teachers, parents and students across the state. They say it’s costly, focuses on testing and that it was passed too soon.

Most recently when Governor Andrew Cuomo rolled out the new budget plan, he said the regents mishandled the common core. Governor Andrew Cuomo said, “There’s too much uncertainty, confusion and anxiety. Parents, teachers and students need the common core and teacher evaluations, but they also need a rational system that is well administered.”

Common core is an initiative that details what k-12 students should know by the end of each grade. Its goal is to establish a standard in education across all states. Those in favor of it say it promotes creating thinking and helps students understand relationships between classroom concepts and real-life problem solving.

Last October the state education commissioner expressed his optimism that it will just take time for the new curriculum to be embraced and successful across the state.

New York State Education Commissioner John King said, “I’m very encouraged by the things I see as I visit schools around the state, the work that’s happening in classrooms, so now is not the moment to stop.  Obviously there are opportunities to adjust, but now’s not the moment to stop the work on the common core, the work on teacher evaluation.”

Six western New York State Assembly members will meet at 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Mahoney State Office Building in Buffalo.

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