Critics want meaningful Common Core changes

TOWN OF TONAWANDA, N.Y. (WIVB) –  Gary Schulenberg is a lifetime social studies teacher. He joined a group of educators and stakeholders at a public educational forum Sunday at the Church of the Nativity to discuss the controversial Common Core.

Schulenberg says their Outreach Committee conducted a study and found people want meaningful change when it comes to the tough new learning standards.

“People are very concerned about the fact that were not really sure about what’s in Common Core. We have problems with the testing, the evaluation,” said Schulenberg. “Also problems about where this actually came from. ”

Last week, the New York Assembly passed a bill that would delay portions of the Common Core education standards.

The bill sponsored by Democratic Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan would prevent schools from using Common Core-based test scores on staff evaluations for two years and prevents schools from using scores to decide whether a student will advance to the next grade.

The bill passed 117 to 10 and was sent to the Senate, where it has no sponsor and its prospects are uncertain.

Assembly Republicans tried to amend the legislation to establish a panel to decide whether to use the testing standards at all. They were defeated when lawmakers said it could jeopardize the state’s federal Race to the Top grants. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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