New York State Senator: Concerns About Common Core Not Limited to Small Contingent

george-latimerState Senator George Latimer (D-Westchester) the ranking member on the New York Senate Education Committee wrote an op/ed for the Times Union.  An excerpt:

There are many issues with New York’s implementation of Common Core, and the concerns are not limited to a small contingent, as some have suggested. Real people who have students in schools and are of every ethnic, socioeconomic, gender, age and geographic makeup share reservations about the Common Core. It is also an issue that does not pit Democrats versus Republicans; it is truly about the students…

…The critics of elements of the Common Core, myself included, are not against having students who are able to understand the "why behind how things work," but we are opposed to a one-size-fits-all approach to educating children in a state, nation and world where one size rarely fits all. I believe that the outcry against specific aspects of the Common Core — the lack of preparation, privacy of student data, and over-reliance on testing — is an opportunity for us to respond to consumer feedback and adjust to the market.

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