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Poll weighs opinion on Common Core

LOUDONVILLE - A new Siena poll was released Sunday in which voters give common core their approval in the long run but also points out their short-term concerns.

According to the poll conducted by Siena College and the Times Union 50 percent of residents believe that the Common Core learning standards will increase students' successes in the long run, 44 percent do not agree with the program.  When asked how local schools are doing in regards to college preparation half of the residents polled gave them either a good or excellent rating.  61 percent say that schools are doing a fair or even a poor job preparing students for the workforce.

Other statistics in the poll include the opinion on the overall quality of teachers and their opinion on how much they are paid.  56 percent of all residents, and 73 percent of parents who have children in public schools, rated the quality of their teachers as either good or excellent.  Only 13 percent of upstate New York residents think that teachers are paid too much.  88 percent trust the teachers to do what is best for their students.

According to the poll out of a list of 18 potential problems facing schools, lack of parental involvement, bullying, and poor behavior from students are seen as the most serious risks.  Other problems that residents saw as risks were low test scores and keeping good teachers.
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