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Parents Sound Off On Common Core

TROY -- Republican Assembly members held a forum at Hudson Valley Community College Wednesday to discuss the Common Core curriculum and discuss changes they plan to make in the upcoming session.

I would liken it to the safe act in terms of passion thats involved with the folks here, said Asm. Steve McLaughlin (R) Melrose. I think this is the wrong approach to education so there's that we can do. We can put a stop to the uploading of our kids data. That should be handled by the state not a public corporation.

A bill was introduced in June to remove the state from Common Core. So far 34 members of the Assembly have signed on as co-sponsors.

I think what they're asking for is where's the individuality? We have some handicap kids, kids who are progressing faster than others and this seems to be one size fits all and it seems to be a group of faceless bureaucrats at the federal level, the state level who have never been in the classroom, said Asm. Jim Tedisco (R) Glenville, one of the bills co-sponsors.

Some principals and board members have complained the program is another unfunded mandate that is hurting already struggling districts.

I represent largely small and rural school districts they're just fighting for their survival and Ive found our schools are destabilized and it's not just the institutions, it's now destabilizing families and the students themselves, said Asm. Pete Lopez (R) Schoharie. We've got to have a discussion about how we can calm the waters.

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