Bill introduced could delay Common Core standards

Updated: 03/02/2014 11:25 PM
Created: 03/02/2014 5:31 PM WHEC.com
By: Amanda Ciavarri

For months now, News10NBC has heard the frustration from many of you about Common Core.

Your state lawmakers have been listening as well.

The legislature is poised to vote on a bill that would delay some of the Common core requirements.

Educators say Common Core will raise the state's educational standards above even the Regents standards. They say students will be better prepared for work and college and it holds teachers accountable for their student's performance.

Lawmakers News10NBC spoke to say they aren't opposed to the Common Core standards, in fact, they think they are very important.

But what they are against is how quickly they have been implemented.

That's why they are calling for the State Department of Education to pause, look at everything and find the most effective way to make these changes.

The bill would delay Common Core standards from taking effect for the rest of this school year and the next school year.

Assemblyman Joe Morelle is a co-sponsor of the bill. He feels the Common Core standards will help prepare students to be competitive with people from other states when they enter the job force.

But he says teachers, parents and students were not prepared for the change.

"Until you have everyone invested in it, that you have not only people in the State Education Department, but teachers in the classroom ready to implement it and do it in a high quality way, then I think frankly all the advantages of Common Core are not only taken away, but you end up with some disadvantages," said Assemblyman Morelle.

News10NBC reached out on Facebook to see what people think about this potential delay.

Jenn Barlow, who has a 9-year-old son, supports it, saying, "Honestly this program is making our students sick physically and emotionally. My son shuts down because the process to find an easy answer takes longer than 20 minutes for one problem. I would love to see our government officials try to answer one of these problems."

Tonya Wilson wrote to us saying, "The bill to delay testing in not the answer. The testing must go, the curriculum must go! They need to reevaluate the lack of age appropriateness that current curriculum offers."

This bill could pass in the State Assembly Assembly as soon as Monday. It would have to be passed by the State Senate and signed by Governor Cuomo before it could become a law and take effect.

News10NBC will keep track of this bill and bring you any updates as they become available.

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