Parents to ask questions about Common Core

WEST SENECA, N.Y. (WIVB)- The controversial Common Core standards will be a hot topic in West Seneca on Tuesday. Parents there will get the chance to talk to the teachers and administrators who work with their children every day.

The Common Core is an initiative that explains what students in grades K through 12 should know at the end of each grade. The goal of Common Core is to have a standard across all states. The Common Core Standards have come under fire across the state in recent days. Many say it costs too much, focuses on testing and was passed too quickly.

Those who favor the standards say it promotes creative thinking and helps students associate classroom concepts with real life problem solving. But some western New York lawmakers are fighting to change the standards, especially because educators want more say in how and what they’re teaching.

During his budget address, Governor Andrew Cuomo said the state board of regents didn’t handle Common Core correctly.

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.”

Recently, the New York State United Teachers Union voted unanimously for a resolution calling for State Education Commissioner John King to be removed. There is pressure on legislators to reform the standards.

Tuesday’s forum at West Seneca East High School is at 6:30 p.m. Parents will have a chance to ask questions directly to teachers and administrators, to better understand the Common Core standards.

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