CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – The group “End Common Core” held an informational session Tuesday night at the Chicopee Public Library. The group is recruiting volunteers to gather petition signatures, to put Common Core testing on the November ballot.
Volunteers have until June 22nd to collect 11,000 signatures. After that, the signatures need to be reviewed by the Secretary of State, and the Attorney General must approve the ballot question.
Common Core opponents say teachers teach to the test rather than the curriculum. Dan Allie, “End Common Core” coordinator, told 22News, “Getting back to the basics, letting teachers teach, letting them use their creativity, which is why they went into education in the first place. But be able to adjust to the students. Find that way, as opposed to having test after test and really having to prepare for the test.”
Common Core is a state-led effort that provides guidance on how to teach English and math to public school students K-12.