Common Core Frustrations Vented

A group of disgruntled parents showed up during public comment at the board meeting on 9/23 to express frustration about the roll out of the Common Core State Standards. Three people, claiming to speak for many, argued that the newfangled standards hold back high-achieving math students, they lack necessary textbooks, and teachers were not adequately trained. Parents acknowledged the standards are mandated by state law but called on the district to host open discussions about specific issues here. The item was not on the agenda, so boardmembers could not discuss the matter, but Superintendent David Cash said, “Changes are being made.” The issue will return to the board for discussion at the second meeting in October.

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