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Opinion: The Common Core is Necessary for our Children

The Common Core standards have been proven to advance student performance. Former state senator Craig Johnson discusses why slowing down implementation of the Common Core will negatively affect our children.

In Johnson’s opinion piece for Newsday, he writes:

The Common Core standards are a definite improvement. They are clear, focused and rigorous — something even critics acknowledge. In the early grades, the standards emphasize foundational reading and math skills, and they acknowledge the importance of play to learning in kindergarten classrooms. By high school, they are focused on ensuring all students do the kind of demanding daily work that will prepare them for the range of opportunities that await them after graduation.

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