MILLBURN, NJ - The Millburn Short Hills Special Education Committee (M-SPEC) and concerned-parent group Preserve Our Schools will be co-hosting a program for parents about the Common Core State Standards Initiative (CCSSI) and the new PARCC testing at the Millburn Free Public Library on Wednesday, June 4 at 10 a.m.

The program will present special guest speaker, Carolee Adams, who has spoken more than thirty times in the past year, 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.

New Jersey now has bi-partisan Bills in both the Senate and Assembly which would delay its implementation; assess its cost; compare current state standards to Common Core; prohibit the sharing of private student information without parental consent, encourage statewide public hearings, and more. 

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In addition to Adams’ presentation, Nina Peckman, a staff attorney with Advocates for Children of New Jersey (a non-profit organization whose mission is to identify children's needs through research, policy and legal analysis and strategic communications, to raise awareness of those needs and to work with elected officials and other decision-makers to enact effective responses) will be in available to provide guidance and answer questions related to students with disabilities.

The Millburn Free Public Library is located at 200 Glen Avenue.