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Common Core Sparks 'Parents for a Common Cause' at Lakeland

Members of the District Parents’ Council (DPC) of the Lakeland Central School District have launched Parents for a Common Cause, an organization created with the goal of educating parents about Common Core while providing them with a voice in the discussion.  

"While many parents and educators support the higher standards, there is concern about the fast-paced implementation and emphasis on high-stakes testing," member Karen Pressman said. 

The New York State Common Core Learning Standards are designed to provide a consistent set of expectations for what students should learn and be able to do so that every student across New York State is on track for college and career readiness, members of Parents for a Common Cause said in a statement. 

Here are several initiatives Parents for a Common Cause plan to undertake to give parents the opportunity to constructively express their feelings about Common Core and its impact on their children and families:

  • They will hold a meeting at Lakeland High School on Dec. 18 at 7 p.m., which will provide information to parents about the Common Core Standards, Curriculum and Assessments, and explain how they can bring their voice into the discussion 
  • Conduct a survey that encourages parents to share information about the impact of Common Core on their child. These surveys will be sent to those responsible for the Common Core implementation including NYS Education Commissioner John King, the NYS Board of Regents and Chancellor Merryl H. Tisch. These testimonials will also go to local and state legislators who have the power to implement change.
  • Tap into resources such as teachers and administrators in the community, the National and NY State PTA and local organizations such as the Alliance for Safe Kids (ASK) and the Cortlandt Community Coalition and disseminate this information to parents via Facebook at www.facebook.com/p4commoncause and email p4commoncause@gmail.com.  The organization also has a mailing address at P.O. Box 164, Shrub Oak, NY 10598. 

"Because Parents for a Common Cause was created by parents for parents, it is in the unique position of understanding the daily struggles going on not only in the school, but the home," members said in a statement. "The organization hopes that by bringing the collective parent voices to those in power, it can initiate sensible changes to the Common Core Curriculum and Assessments."

Denise Kness December 06, 2013 at 10:34 AM
Parents hold the golden ticket to impact legislators to make the much needed changes to the common core's implementation! Your Child, Your Voice! The NYS Education Commissioner Dr King, Chancellor Merryl Tisch can't ignore everyone! People are not happy and struggling to protect their kids spirits and privacy information! I think we all need to educate ourselves on exactly what is being expected of our kids/teachers/administrators and ask the question, Is this even age appropriate? Who came up with these standards? Who says my kids information should be shared? Who says my kids should be judged on high stake testing? Who do I need to tell that I want my kids to be smarter but not with this system?
Buzz351 December 07, 2013 at 07:35 AM
This is all part of the "Hope and Change" you dummies wanted, so deal with it !!
Sharon Sutherland December 07, 2013 at 08:46 AM
Dear Patch, Please consider limiting posts and comments to people who use their names. The above comment is abusive and does not contribute to the discussion in any meaningful way. I enjoy reading articles on Patch and occasionally express my views but I have noticed an increase in these type of posts which really detract from the purpose of an online forum.
Concerned Homeowner December 07, 2013 at 12:06 PM
Sorry Sharon. Their is this thing in America called the 1st amendment. People like you don't like it unless it works to your advantage.
Sharon Sutherland December 07, 2013 at 12:31 PM
People have the right to say what they want but Patch also has the right to require their member to identify themselves. People use these made up names because it allows them to be mean and nasty anonymously. "People like me...not sure what you mean by that. ..maybe you are referring to all people with a PhD that are looking for an intelligent forum in which to discuss common core.
Rachelle Nardelli December 07, 2013 at 02:42 PM
Just because we are in a situation that some of us may not necessarily have voted for does not mean we should sit around and do nothing but complain. Parents who are working to change the current situation should be supported and not criticized. Republicans will continue to get nowhere in national politics until we stop being bitter and come up with a better solution.
Buzz351 December 08, 2013 at 07:26 AM
Elections have consequences!! I'll use my real name when our leaders come forth and give full disclosure on who they are. Until then, get in the back of the bus!! Wow, I began and ended my sentence with 2 great quotes we have heard the past 5 years !!
Buzz351 December 08, 2013 at 12:43 PM
"Republicans will continue to get nowhere in national politics until we stop being bitter and come up with a better solution." So let's keep following the democrats down the proverbial abyss?? Why is this country such a mess? Bitter republicans ?? How about, BHO? Does he get blamed for anything? Puhhhleeez
Rachelle Nardelli December 08, 2013 at 01:38 PM
There is no doubt that this policy and many others are flawed and poorly thought out but this is what we currently have to work with. Rather than complain, we should take the opportunity that the Parents for a Common Cause have presented and work with them to let our legislators know that we will not continue to follow them into the "abyss"

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