Lawmakers want to re-evaluate common core

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Updated: 1/07 10:34 pm

ALBANY, N.Y. – The Common Core curriculum is the New York State standard for education, but on Tuesday, the NY Assembly Speaker is suggesting there is a possibility of putting the program on hold.

Ichabod Crane Principal Tim Farley was at the State Capital talking to lawmakers on Tuesday about the implementation of common core. Tuesday was also the same day Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver stated the standard may need a re-evaluation.

"I think the case has been made, if nothing else, for a delay and a re-evaluation of the implementation of common core."

Farley himself, an outspoken opponent of the curriculum, has taken to the streets as recently as Monday to protest the implementation and get the attention of law makers.

"Its 99-percent outrage and no action has been taken thus far," said Farley.

State Assemblywoman Pat Fahy said "The State Education Department got way out on front. They were testing before teachers, let alone students, had some of the curriculum."

Chancellor Merryl Tisch of the New York State Broad of Regents has formed a committee to report back to regents on the implementation of common core.

"What remedial actions, and I use the word remedial in the sense of how the implementation and what the standards are, are to be adjusted," said Silver.

Farley stated that he feels encouraged after Tuesday's meeting.

"The least they can do is what Sheldon Silver is proposing today, to put a pause on the ramifications of testing on the teachers and on kids," explained Farley.

Lawmakers like Fahy who also have children in local school districts, want action taken fast.

"It has to be this school year," said Fahy.

Some lawmakers want the high stakes testing to end before testing season begins this spring. The Board of Regents' subcommittee is expected to report back to lawmakers by the end of February.

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