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Common Core Workshop Happening Tuesday in Yorktown

Editor's note: The following is a press release from State Sen. Greg Ball.

Brewster, N.Y. – 01/30/2014 – Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson) in conjunction with Parents for a Common Cause will be hosting a student-based common core workshop at Lakeland Copper Beech Middle School in Yorktown Heights on Tuesday, February 11th from 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM.

On January 16th Senator Greg Ball hosted a Common Core Community Forum at the Carmel Town Hall. Over two hundred parents, students and educators attended the forum to voice their concerns over the new standards. Now Senator Ball is hosting a student-based workshop to hear more from those that Common Core directly affects, the children.

Senator Greg Ball currently has a bill that calls for an immediate 3-year moratorium on the controversial new standards until the issues can be resolved. In addition to Senator Ball’s legislation, he has also launched a petition to stop Common Core in NYS on his Senate website that now has over 5,200 signatures.

Click here to sign the petition to Stop Common Core in NYS.

“According to the federal government, Common Core was designed to provide a uniformed standard for students, preparing them for college and careers. Regardless of the good intentions, Common Core has become an Uncommon Disaster. I hosted a community forum at Carmel Town Hall to hear first hand from hundreds of my constituents. This student-based workshop will now allow us to hear directly from the children that are affected by these standards every day,” said Senator Greg Ball. “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 providing our students with the best possible education available. However, education is not about teaching to the test and it should never become a one size fits all endeavor, sinking to the lowest common denominator.”

Students, the public and those in the education community are invited to attend. Any students who would like to participate in the workshop should contact Krista Gobins at 845-279-3773 or kgobins@nysenate.gov.

What: Common Core Student Roundtable

When: Tuesday, February 11th 2014 from 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Where: Lakeland Copper Beech Middle School: 3401 Old Yorktown Rd, Yorktown Heights, NY 10598

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