The common core conundrum: Are the new standards the best thing to happen in education, or are they setting the bar too high for teachers and students?
Laura Leitch kept her daughter home from Nate Perry Elementary School last Monday. Leitch’s daughter wasn’t sick, nor was there a family emergency. She wasn’t playing hooky. No, Leitch kept her daughter home in protest of New York state’s Common Core education standards. “I have to say, the school is great and her teachers are wonderful,” Leitch said. “The reason I kept her home on Monday was strictly in protest of Common Core.”
Since 1997, schools across the nation have been participating in the International Walk to School Day, which occurs one day each year in early October. On the morning of Oct. 9, five Central New York schools participated in the event: Minoa Elementary and Fremont Elementary in the East Syracuse Minoa school district, Waterman Primary School and State Street Intermediate School in the Skaneateles school district and McKinley-Brighton Elementary in the Syracuse city school district.
The Manlius Chamber of Commerce is encouraging residents to discover Manlius throughout the month of October through its buy local campaign.
According to this year’s math and English Language Arts (ELA) tests administered by the state of New York, less than a third of students in grades three through eight are performing at grade level.