Common Core opponents protest in Albany

Posted at: 11/18/2013 12:40 PM | Updated at: 11/18/2013 3:55 PM
By: WNYT Staff

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Opponents of Common Core protest outside the State Education Building in Albany.

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Monday is “National Don't Send Your Child To School Day”.

The day was started out of the frustration for the Common Core standards.

A protest concerning those standards was taking place outside the State Education Building in Albany on Monday.

About 60 people took part in the protest. Among them were around 20 kids, whose parents took them out of school.

Inside the State Education Building, a meeting of the State Board of Regents was taking place. They weren't specifically addressing the Common Core dispute, but other aspects of the educational issue.


“I'm here because I think we need to fight this battle on Common Core on a couple of fronts. I've looked at the math curriculum...an obscene course that they are doing which is so complicated. Ultimately, they end up telling (the children) to use a calculator...My other real problem is the data collection aspect of this. I know we've all looked at the NSA and the IRS and the data that's being collected on us as adults. Now, they want to move on to our children and keep these records forever,” said one protestor from Melrose who is a mother of two and grandmother of three.

In the new Siena Research Poll released Monday morning, 28 percent of people think efforts to improve education are moving in the right direction, while 22 percent think they are moving in the wrong direction.



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