C-PP School Board to Stop Using State's Common Core Teaching Plan


PAINTED POST, N.Y. (WETM-18) - After months of criticism from some parents and teachers, the Corning-Painted Post School District plans to stop using the state's Common Core teaching plan.

”It's actually poor practice to do this, but we feel that based on the directive from the board and listening to the community that we have to look at this,” said Corning-Painted Post School Superintendent Michael Ginalski of the district’s plans.

The C-PP School Board says the new State Common Core teaching plans aren't working for their students. So, they want to create and use their own instead.

“First of all, the curriculum should reflect the needs of the community, that's first and foremost and that in this situation it’s not happening,” said Ginalski. “I think secondly, I have great confidence in my teachers, curriculum planners and administrators to pull this off. They've done it before.”

This doesn't mean the district isn't participating in the Common Core standards, just changing the way they teach the students that material. The State allows that. The board is asking the Superintendent to move away from the EngageNY teaching plans for grades K-9 as soon as possible, and stop using them entirely by next year.

Ginalski said this is a controversial subject. Stories about the Common Core itself on the WETM-18 News Facebook page are usually met with complaints. Governor Cuomo was not as harsh, but says there have been problems.

“I support the Common Core agenda; New York is one of 45 states to adopt Common Core,” said Cuomo (D). “But the way Common Core has been managed by the Board of Regents is flawed. There is too much uncertainty, confusion and anxiety.”

Cuomo's office said he will release more specific reforms soon. The State Department of Education says the Common Core standards make sure students have the right knowledge for college and careers.

“We are keeping children in the forefront and we will have a plan,” said Ginalski. “And in the end, whatever we can do to best support the kids is what we're going to do.”

Ginalski said the district isn't changing any teaching plans in the classrooms just yet. The district sent a letter out to parents. They said parents can expect a more specific update in the next couple weeks.

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