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Lawmakers call for re-evaluation of Common Core

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ALBANY, N.Y. – The Common Core curriculum is the New York State standard for education, but New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver suggested on Tuesday a possibility of putting the program on hold.

"I think the case has been made, if nothing else, for a delay and a re-evaluation of the implementation of Common Core," he said.

Ichabod Crane Principal Tim Farley was also at the State Capitol talking to lawmakers on Tuesday about the implementation of Common Core.

Farley is an outspoken opponent of the curriculum and has taken to the streets as recently as Monday to protest the implementation and get the attention of lawmakers.

"Its 99 percent outrage and no action has been taken thus far," he said.

State Assemblywoman Pat Fahy said, "The State Education Department got way out on front. They were testing before teachers – let alone students – had some of the curriculum."

Chancellor Merryl Tisch of the New York State Board of Regents has formed a committee to report back to regents on the implementation of Common Core.

"What remedial actions – and I use the word ‘remedial' in the sense of how the implementation and what the standards are – are to be adjusted," Silver continued.

Farley felt encouraged after Tuesday's meeting.

"The least they can do is what Sheldon Silver is proposing today," he said. "To put a pause on the ramifications of testing on the teachers and on kids."

Lawmakers like Fahy, who also have children in local school districts, want action taken fast.

"It has to be this school year," she said.

Some lawmakers want the high-stakes testing to end before testing season begins in the spring.

The Board of Regents' subcommittee is expected to report back to lawmakers by the end of February.

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