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Buffalo News Editorial: Common Core Should be Improved, Not Paused

The Common Core standards have been strongly opposed by teachers and some parents, causing legislators to support halting them for two years. This action will slow down education reform that is already long overdue.

According to an editorial piece in The Buffalo News, New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver has called for a two-year delay on the Common Core standards. While implementation of the standards has been complex, halting them will prevent necessary education reform and students will continue to be unprepared for college:

The Common Core was designed to fix education. It is not a perfect system, but it’s the system currently being used to strengthen education in the state. If the need weren’t so urgent, it would be fine to take a few years to decide how to proceed, and then a few more years gradually rolling out new standards. However, the need is urgent and it would be wrong to sentence children to two more years of substandard education. Instead of starting over, we should be working to improve it where possible.

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