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Parents, Teachers Oppose Common Core Reforms At Albany Forum

New York State Education Building

New York State Education Commissioner John King Jr. told an audience of parents and teachers the state isn’t going to delay new Common Core learning reforms, but is open to "adjustments" going forward.

King spoke at forum in Albany, his first since an earlier series of planned appearances was cancelled after he was shouted down at a meeting in Poughkeepsie on Oct. 10.

For more than three hours, parents described how frustrated their children were over constant testing and inappropriate curriculum for their age.

One mother described her fourth-grade son’s response one day after school saying he told her, “New York state thinks we’re stupid. We did not pass the test.” 

King, however, spoke in strong support of Common Core reforms.

“The Board of Regents and I are committed to making adjustments as we move forward, change is really hard. And of course we are going to need to make adjustments as we go along the way. But both in New York and around the country  there is a strong consensus that we need to do more to ensure our students are prepared for college and career success and for the sake of students we can’t afford to stop that work,” King said.

Sound courtesy of NewsChannel 13 WNYT-TV.

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