Program to Examine What Common Core Standards Mean for Students

MILLBURN, NJ -- The Millburn Short Hills Special Education Committee (M-SPEC) and Preserve Our Schools will co-host a program on Wednesday, June 4, at 10 a.m. for parents and community members on the Common Core State Standards Initiative (CCSSI) and the new PARCC testing to begin full implementation in the 2014-15 school year.

The program will be held at the Millburn Free Public Library with guest speaker Carolee Adams.

Over the last year, Adams has spoken more than 30 times expressing concerns about Common Core/PARCC (the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Career, the testing companion of Common Core Standards) at rallies, meetings, on radio and TV, state and local boards of education, state and county legislative hearings, and a national conference in the Washington, DC, area.

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New Jersey now has bi-partisan bills in both the Senate and Assembly delaying its implementation, assessing its cost, comparing current state standards to Common Core, prohibiting the sharing of private student information without parental consent and encouraging statewide public hearings.

The session will include a question and answer session.

In addition, Nina Peckman, a staff attorney with Advocates for Children of New Jersey, a non-profit organization, will be available to provide guidance and answer questions related to students with disabilities.

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