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Group to discuss new public school standards

A small crowd attended the North Country Alliance for Public Education forum at AuSable Valley Central School this past June.

A small crowd attended the North Country Alliance for Public Education forum at AuSable Valley Central School this past June.

— The standardized testing of Race to the Top is one component which has drawn the most fire from critics, as was true of its predecessor, No Child Left Behind. Teachers often bristle at standardized testing, and point to research that shows that standardized tests are not good determinants of future success.

For Selwyn, one of the most important things that can come from this meeting, the third of its kind since summer, is an opening up of dialog about Race to the Top.

“One of the things that makes it very frustrating, very difficult during these times is that teachers and administrators are basically ordered not to say anything; not to talk about this, which makes it really difficult to have a clear picture of what’s happening. So you don’t hear anything from teachers about what they’re feeling, because if they speak out they’re disciplined,” he said.

Assemblywoman Janet Duprey will give the keynote speech at the Alliance’s forum. It will be held at Yokum Hall, room 200, on the SUNY Plattsburgh campus from 6:30 to 9 p.m.

The Alliance’s meeting will precede a visit to the North Country by New York State Education Commissioner John King. King will be speaking at a panel discussion at Mountain Lake PBS Nov. 20 at 7:30 p.m. to discuss Common Core.

According to Tim Butler, a fifth grade teacher and co-organizer of the North Country Alliance for Public Education, King was supposed to speak across the state at public forums, but the first forum he spoke at became so heated that it was decided he would instead speak in more controlled settings.

In a news release King said that he wants “a more respectful, direct and constructive dialog with parents. More and smaller discussions will make sure there is a real opportunity for parents to be heard.”

Those who wish to attend the forum are asked to contact www.mountainlake.org/forum to attempt to secure a seat.

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