Have Thoughts On The Common Core? Air Them At BU Tonight


New York adopted Common Core standards in 2010. Critics argue that the state rolled out the new policies too quickly.

Parents and community members will have a chance to share their opinions on New York’s Common Core standards tonight. Binghamton University is hosting one of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s regional public forums.

The forum is the first presence in the Southern Tier for Cuomo’s Common Core task force. Cuomo created the task force in September, following a massive spring boycott of state tests. It launched just after State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia started her own effort to review the standards. Elia is also serving on the governor’s panel.

The spring boycott was mostly about testing policy, but the two commissions pledge to review the standards themselves, too. Cuomo has conducted six public sessions so far to gather input from around the state. Tonight’s meeting starts at 7 p.m. in the Binghamton University Innovative and Technologies Complex. People can also submit written testimony on the state’s website through the end of the month.