Diane Dwire: Common Core is failing our kids

One of the reasons I decided to run for office is because I’ve heard time and time again from teachers and parents that Common Core isn’t working for our kids. While the idea behind it may have been well-intentioned, it’s apparent that these new standards have done more harm than good for New York students.

Under Common Core, students are tested excessively and educators have resorted to teaching to the test. This is a no-win situation that has resulted in undue stress and anxiety. Our students and teachers deserve better, and they can’t afford to wait any longer – it’s time to make major changes now.

In the Assembly, I’ll work to get the focus back on learning rather than testing. Bureaucrats in Washington and Albany shouldn’t be controlling our schools; we need to return control to the local level, because it’s the teachers in the classrooms who work every day with our children who know what works best.

The other key component to providing a quality education is making sure our schools get their fair share of funding from the state so that teachers have the resources they need. And it’s also important to ensure that our schools are fairly funded so that every child has an equal chance to reach their full potential.

As your representative in Albany, our children’s education will be one of my top priorities, and I’ll fight to secure more funding for our schools here in Central New York and make sure our teachers have the ability to do what they do best – teach. If you have any questions or would like to learn more, please visit dianedwire.com or call 315-748-6777.