Tonawanda News

January 4, 2014

State Education Summit set for Monday

Staff reports
The Tonawanda News

Tonawanda News — An Education Summit, to focus on the Common Core standards impact on New York schools, will take place at 6 p.m. Monday at Niagara County Community College, Sanborn.

The Partnership for Smarter Schools, Niagara Region PTA, Assemblyman John Ceretto and state Sen. George Maziarz are sponsoring the event, which will give parents, students and teachers a chance to provide input on the standards and education in New York.

Speakers will include John McKenna, principal of Fletcher Elementary School in the City of Tonawanda; Walter Polka, a Niagara University professor and retired superintendent of the Lewiston-Porter School District; and Ashki Skura-Dreher, state Teacher of the Year and a special education teacher in Lewiston-Porter.

Ceretto said in a press release that he will use the information gathered at the forum to generate legislation with a goal to improve the educational system if Common Core is repealed. He has signed on to legislation to repeal Common Core in New York.

“The commissioner of education has conducted more than 20 forums around the state to listen to concerns, but he has offered only very limited solutions,” Polka said. “The Solutions for Smarter Schools will emphasize important opportunities to keep the elements of the current reform that are workable, as well as suggestions to perhaps pause the implementation of some elements of the reform agenda that are having the most negative effects on learning in our schools.”