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Common Core Forums at West Middle School

New York State's Education Commissioner was in town fielding concerns from parents, teachers and administrators about the State's new common core guidelines.
New York State's Education Commissioner was in town fielding concerns from parents, teachers and administrators about the State's new common core guidelines.

Commissioner, John King, was part of a question and answer session hosted by WSKG. New York State, along with most other states, are in the middle of trying to put higher standards in place for students. The goal is to better prepare for children for college.

However, the changes have become a source of frustration to some teachers and parents. The standards are also being raised at about the same time that a new statewide teacher evaluation system is being rolled out.

Binghamton City Council President, Teri Rennia, has three children in the Binghamton School District. She says some of her kids teachers are frustrated by the core and she feels caught in the middle.

"They feel a lot of pressure to conform to exactly what's there. They don't feel they have the flexibility. As a parent, it's a little frustrating, because we're in the middle as we're trying to help the kids with school work. I'm all for higher standards, but there are these other social factors that need to be taken into consideration and it's become a huge frustration for the teachers," said Rennia.

Commissioner King says he is listening to the issues and concerns. King did talk with teachers and administrators in the Binghamton, Maine-Endwell and Windsor school districts today.

"The common core is not about one approach to curriculum. It's about setting higher standards to ensure that students are successful in college and careers and then a lot of professional development work at the local level to make sure that teachers can adapt curriculum materials to meet their students needs," said King.

You can view the full one hour common core forum at WSKG.org. It will be posted within the next two days.
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