On November 12, 2013, the New York State Assembly sent this invitation out to constituents:
Due to the recent overwhelming reactions and feedback regarding Common Core, we will be holding a forum dealing with concerns expressed by educators, parents, and other stakeholders regarding the implementation of the new curriculum based on Common Core standards. We are pleased to invite you to participate at our Rochester Regional Educational Forum on Wednesday, November 20, 2013 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester, 500 University Ave, Rochester.
Some of the topics we will be covering include:
1. Reactions to the new education standards being promoted by the President and National Governors Association, known as the Common Core. Are there components being left out of the new standards? Are there unnecessary ones?
2. Was the implementation of new curriculum based on Common Core standards handled appropriately? What can be implemented to improve the transition to the new curriculum?
3. How has the new testing associated with Common Core affected students’ attitudes toward learning? How has it affected their instruction time and the approach of classroom teachers?
4. What challenges have been presented to local school district administrators, curriculum chairs and principals as a result of the implementation of Common Core?
5. Are there concerns about the safety, privacy and access to demographic, enrollment and state assessment data on school children kept by In Bloom on the New York Education Data Portal?
It is evident the public voice is being acknowledged by elected officials. However, faith without works is dead. We can attend these forums and have our voice heard but we must also remain involved and make sure that our elected leaders are listening to what the public has to say by holding them accountable for making decisions and enacting legislation that will benefit our children and not their corporate backers.
We must attend these forums, speak out for our children, and maintain constant vigilance on their proposed legislation.
Our vote is the only way to change education so that it concentrates on the gifts and talents of all children.
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