On Tuesday evening, Common Core supporters attended a forum in Brooklyn, welcoming New York State Education Commissioner John King.
According to WYNC, several supporters including parents, teachers, and advocates praised the Common Core at the forum, addressing the importance, benefits, and deployment of the initiative:
Dozens of parents, organized by the advocacy group StudentsFirstNY, held signs in support of the learning standards and spoke of the Common Core's role in equalizing educational opportunities for students in poorer neighborhoods by raising expectations for its teachers and students.
"I'm here to dispel the myth that children in low-income neighborhoods cannot learn," said Darlene Boston, a parent of a child who recently graduated from high school. "Common Core is another way to bridge the gap of inequality that exists in New York City public schools."