POUGHKEEPSIE JOURNAL: BALL TO HOST COMMON CORE FORUM

 

    Written by: Nina Schutzman

    A hot topic of conversation — the controversial Common Core learning standards — will be the subject of a forum tonight.

    The open forum will be hosted by Our Lady of Lourdes High School in Poughkeepsie and state Sen. Greg Ball, R-Patterson.

    Peg Luksik, a conservative activist with years of experience in various educational fields, will give a presentation on the standards.

    Many residents who oppose the standards are fans of Luksik, who ran for governor and senate in her home state of Pennsylvania.

    “When we focus our schools on the floor, too many of our children will never get out of the basement,” Luksik said via news release.

    The standards and other aspects of Race to the Top, a $4.35 billion federal educational grant program, have been met with strong opposition from lawmakers and grassroots groups.

    Proponents of the standards have said they’re meant to promote critical thinking and true understanding of the subjects covered and prepare students for college and careers. Opponents say they promote one-size-fits-all learning standards, the content is questionable and they’re not age-appropriate, among other things.

    The state Board of Regents voted Feb. 16 to delay Common Core graduation requirements for five years, but a change to the state’s teacher-evaluation system was tabled until April after it was criticized by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

    Ball, who opposes the Common Core, also held a student-based workshop this month at a Yorktown Heights middle school.

    Attendees will be given a chance to speak and are asked to limit comments to three minutes. (ARTICLE)