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Lawmakers meet at Common Core forum at HVCC

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Updated: 12/18/2013 11:14 pm

TROY, N.Y. - A forum will be held at Hudson Valley Community College to discuss the common core standards.

Wednesday night's forum is one of a dozen that have taken place over the last several months to address concerns over the new common core state standards.

The latest forum featured a number of state lawmakers including Assemblyman Jim Tedisco and Assemblyman Steven McLaughlin. There will also be a number of education experts and educators at the meeting.

Parents, educators, and lawmakers gathered at the theater at HVCC, some saying the common core standards are confusing and giving student's anxiety.

Some in the auditorium spoke about children having to see psychologists and doctors, suggesting medication.

Monica Counter, a Guilderland parent said "I am holding off on that and I have made the decision he will not be going back to school in January."

Counter said she will be giving up her teaching position and she will be homeschooling her second grade son. She is only one of many educators who gathered at the forum who are making drastic decisions thanks to common core.

"I just came through with BOCES. I cancelled it, I told them I can't in good conscience teach common core," said Counter.

Lawmakers who took part in the forum highlights the positive and negatives of common core.

"There are a lot of good things about common core, the standards and the concepts are for the most part really good, it's the implementation and this use of data and overuse of testing that I definitely have concerns over and disagree with," said Assemblywoman Pat Fahy.

Fahy was a Democrat among a number of Republicans who spoke about concerns that the state could possible share some of the student data with non-for-profit groups. That idea did not sit well with Republican Assemblyman Jim Tedisco.

"We have a commissioner who doesn't give us answers on who might get access to this information," said Tedisco. "The cost is going to the taxpayers and they're stripped right now to provide good education."

The 2013-2014 was the school year teachers were supposed to be implementing these common core standards to make sure every student across New York State is ready for college.

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