Lawmakers look to solve Common Core problems

By Jillian Marshall

November 26, 2013 Updated Nov 26, 2013 at 12:39 AM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) A Common Core Curriculum public forum draws hundreds of parents and teachers, plus some local lawmakers listen in to try to find answers.

One of twelve public forms held across New York was in Binghamton Monday night.

Close to 700 people packed Binghamton's West Middle School's auditorium to have their voices heard by New York State Education Dept. Commissioner, Dr. John King Jr.

Sen. Tom Libous (R), Assembly members Donna Lupardo (D) and Clifford Crouch (R) took the stage with King.

"We have to make it better, we have to look at how we educate our kids because this is really about them," Libous said. "We have to make it a comfortable environment where teachers, educators, and parents are very comfortable."

Over 30 people got their chance to speak up about the Common Core, most of them disapproving the outcome they have seen in the past year.

Lawmakers said they came Monday night to hear how Common Core has affected students and teachers in the Southern Tier.

Lupardo says the first step to mending the Common Core confusion is to find out what the agencies are willing to do, and what lawmakers can do legislatively.

"New York State rolled it out in a certain way that unfortunately created a lot of confusion and stress among parents, teachers, and students," Lupardo said. "We want to try to fix that while also at the same time aspiring to a much higher level of study that we need to be competitive in the world."

Libous says there are some schools in the area that are successful with Common Core. He cites the Windsor School District, saying maybe we should take a closer look at how they are adapting.

"It was just dumped on the educators, that's the biggest one we hear. Parents are a little confused as to how to do homework with their kids, actually many of them are very confused," Libous said.

They said they will take the information from Monday night to Albany in hopes to solve Common Core issues.

Lupardo said it's still too early to know how things will hash out in the Capitol, she says there are details that need to be ironed out. But, she does note that a piece of legislation may be in the works that would reevaluate the current teacher evaluation system and how data is collected on students.