Speaking out about education in New York

By Jillian Marshall

June 27, 2013 Updated Jun 27, 2013 at 11:26 PM EDT

Town of Fenton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) School may be out for the summer, but that didn't stop the community from filling a local high school auditorium for a chance to tell a state Assemblyman and education officials how they feel about the state of learning in New York.

Parents, teachers and administrators filled Chenango Valley High School auditorium for the Education Summit featuring State Assemblyman Clifford Crouch (R) and Regent James Tallon.

"When I constantly hear, over the past two to three years, that our child no longer wants to go to school, they're upset, they're stressed out, they're not sleeping, somehow we're doing something wrong," Crouch said.

Those in attendance say the state mandates and overabundance of testing are main concerns, saying it causes unneeded stress on both teachers and students.

"The biggest concern I have is the amount of time it's taking from instruction and the passion it takes out of education for the students and the teachers," said Binghamton High School Teacher Quana Brock.

This includes new testing used to evaluate teachers, which are issued to students before they start the school year and then again at the end of the school year. Also included are regents and standardized tests.

Also mentioned at the forum was state mandated curriculum and the lack of state funding schools are receiving which are leading to fewer teachers and larger class sizes, making it harder for students to learn.

"We keep looking for a silver bullet, we keep looking for a single solution that is going to solve all of our educational problems. Education is very complicated and it needs to be individualized. We need to let the teachers do what they do best, and that is to teach," said Binghamton native Liz Rosenberg.

Assemblyman Crouch says this is the first step to changing the education system in the state.

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