School Districts: Common Core Funding Not Enough

A legislative breakfast took place Saturday where Western New York school board members and administrators asked state lawmakers questions about Common Core.

"There should be a moratorium of two years or more, that there wasn't input from professionals and educators, that it's too strict -- too static," Assemblyman Michael Kearns said.

Another issue that came up at the event was the funding made for common core.

"The implementation came to quick too soon, without enough funding and without adequate time so people could prepare."

The Sweet Home School District in Western New York received around $150,000 dollars from the federal government to implement Common Core over a four year period. That funding cover things like training for the administrators who have to do the evaluations, and software.

"Not even close and we have a continuing cost every year after this and the money runs out this year," Sweet Home School Board President Scott Johnson said.

Johnson is unaware of any state funding that's coming thru specifically for Common Core. However, Johnson tells 2 on your side that several school districts in Western New York will receive about a 4 percent increase in general funding for education from this coming state budget.

"The curriculum the state provides is not good and that's the big issue right now," Johnson said. " If you've taken the time to develop your own - you're probably in a much better place."

" However, asmall school district can't necessarily handle that, so they need that additional help from the state."

What is going on at the state level includes Governor Cuomos recent announcement of a Common Core panel that will come up with some recommendations. Plus, state legislators are suggesting to delay Common Core with a two year moratorium.

"We are looking to have more of an open dialogue and look at how we can reform Albany and not be so rigid and standardized. You have little kids taking tests who are scared to go to school. I remember going to school, it should be fun."


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