EAST GREENBUSH, N.Y. – The East Greenbush Central School District held a Common Core parent information session on Tuesday night.
The meeting covered the Common Core standards, APPR, state assessments and included a presentation of Common Core lessons.
The forum in East Greenbush had been scheduled for several weeks. Superintendent Dr. Angela Nagle decided to continue with the district's meeting despite the New York State Education Commissioner Dr. John King cancelling the state scheduled information sessions.
The superintendent thanked Tuesday's crowd for being respectful during the forum. Parents say they walked in with one idea of what the common core is, but walked out with a very different perspective.
The phrase common core alone drew more than 100 parents to the East Greenbush Central School District Tuesday evening, with some parents admitting they didn't know what to expect.
"It's been in the news a lot," says Laurie Pferr. "You hear a lot, but I wanted to hear what the reality is."
"There was no uproar or drama tonight, because we have a really great district, great administration and great teachers," adds Lisa D'Adamo-Weinstein.
Some parents say the forum gave them a better idea of the old standards versus the new.
"I think it's really wonderful that they presented some of the lessons," says Pferr. "I think it really went a long way to show parents like myself what the children are learning and what the new expectations are."
Superintendent Dr. Angela Nagle says she was aware of the
possibility for anxiety to turn into anger, but instead, parents left feeling
educated that by definition, the common core was meant to be a good thing.
"We didn't intend to, but I felt it was
important to address some of that negativity," says Dr. Nagle.
"Negativity has no place in this shift. That is
Earlier this month, Commissioner King was heckled at a Common Core meeting in Poughkeepsie resulting in King cancelling all future meetings.
The meetings have since been reinstated and the first one is scheduled for Thursday afternoon at Myers Middle School in Albany. Other forums will be taking place in Rochester, Westchester, Suffolk County, Nassau County, Schroon Lake, Binghamton, Amherst, Syracuse and Jamestown.
Tuesday night's meeting took place at 6:30 p.m. at Genet Elementary School.