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    CARMEL, N.Y. – State Sen. Greg Ball plans to host a forum on the Common Core Learning Standards at 6 p.m. Jan. 16 at Carmel Town Hall. Parents, teachers and concerned residents from Carmel and the surrounding area are invited to attend.

    After many residents have raised concerns with the Common Core program and its implementation, Ball decided to host a community forum to review the impact and effectiveness of the new standards in New York. The Common Core was designed to provide uniform standards for students, preparing them for college and careers.

    “I am hosting this Common Core Community Forum to hear first hand from my constituents and those affected by these new standards,” Ball said in a news release. “My office has been inundated with phone calls, emails, letters and faxes from parents, teachers, students and community members that are very concerned with this new program. We must be committed to provide our students with the best possible education available. However, education should not be one size fits all.”

    The public and those in the education community are invited to attend. Attendees will be given a chance to speak, but will be asked to limit their remarks to three minutes.

    New York’s implementation of the Common Core standards has come under fire in dozens of communities, with parents and school superintendents complaining that the program was rolled out too quickly. State Education Commissioner John King Jr. has responded that moving forward with the standards is essential and that parents should consult the state’s EngageNY website to learn how to “support their children’s Common Core learning activities.” (ARTICLE)