Sen. Kelly, Rep. Hovey Talk Common Core In Monroe

Sen. Kelly, Rep. Hovey Talk Common Core In Monroe
Sen. Kelly, Rep. Hovey Talk Common Core In Monroe

Monroe – Senator Kevin Kelly (R-21) and Representative DebraLee Hovey (R-112) joined local officials at the Monroe Board of Education meeting on Tuesday night. The legislators listened to Monroe educators and administrators’ concerns about Common Core implementation.


“To best support our educators, we need to hear about their experiences to understand their needs,” said Sen. Kelly. “We all share the same goal. We want to improve education and prepare our children for success throughout their lives. Common Core has raised many questions, and we have a long way to go before implementation issues can be fully resolved.”


“Making sure the teachers and families of Monroe have the best resources available will always be a priority, and understanding their concerns and needs regarding Common Core is an important part of our continued focus on providing the best education possible for our students,” Rep. Hovey said.  “The Superintendent and Board of Education members know I’ve always had an open door policy regarding education issues and this meeting continued a dialogue we started months ago regarding Common Core.”


During the meeting, members of the Board of Education expressed support for new standards, but also shared concerns about the roll out of the program. Some said they wanted more time for teachers to get to know the standards before tying student performance with teacher evaluations. Others at the meeting expressed concerns that linking test results to teacher assessments could lead some to “teach to the test” and interfere with a well-rounded teaching approach.


Despite these concerns, the biggest problem identified at the meeting was the amount of misconceptions about Common Core throughout the district.


“The Monroe School district has been preparing for these new standards for an extensive period of time. Administrators and educators are working hard, but clearly many concerns about the program remain state-wide.” said Senator Kelly. “I look forward to continuing to work with local school districts to make sure we are doing the best we can for our children.”

Joe Mancini April 16, 2014 at 05:43 PM
Jim Weinberg-your arrogance has interfered with your ability to understand someone else's point. Jane was concerned that people like Jeff Guttman do not have the capability to make decisions,as a BOE member, to properly represent the students. She wasn't agreeing/disagreeing with Common Core she just couldn't fathom that a person like Guttman was representing Monroe. Get off your high horse.
Jim Weinberg April 17, 2014 at 10:23 AM
Joey, Joey, Joey, ...its so nice you and Jane are learning big words! But lets try to use them correctly ....I may be arrogant, that's for others to judge, but it has nothing to do with Jane, or your, ignorance when it comes to Common Core. We have representatives on the BOE who are supposed to be looking out for us, not pretending to understand something that is presented in such a way as to "obfuscate" the real issues at hand. Do you, and Jane, wish to have representatives that pretend to understand something just because they are afraid to ask for clarification and to have it presented in language that the everyday person can understand? I believe that you two, and others, are simply happy to sit back and let this happen. As I pointed out earlier the entire wave of CC slammed the states, 40 to perhaps 45 seemed to embrace it, but now understand that it is a horrific program being pressed on us and if we don't like what is happening its incumbent upon us to make sure we understand it and fight it off. For the every day parent in the system we need reps like Guttman to do their job and make damn sure they know what is happening. If you think differently then you spend your free time on the BOE or for that matter any other board or commission where you are away from your family for several evening a month and wading through issues that you might not understand. I would like to meet you someday and maybe even Jane, and see what drives people like you.....you can sit on here spouting off your leftist baloney but somehow I doubt you ever spend a minute of your time helping others in our community or anywhere else. How the devil do u have the "big ones" to draw the first breath in criticism of others who do?? Now...that would fit the definition of "arrogance" don't you think? Perhaps you are the proverbial "kettle"????
Jay April 17, 2014 at 06:29 PM
Jim sounds like you own a dictionary; maybe you could lend it to Guttman so that he could look up some “BIG WORDS”. Jim you’re a Republican and so I guess you’re going to support Guttman, but hey come on now the man is an idiot. Jim settle your self down, relax, turn on cable and watch the BOE and if you start to get worked up just wait a while, Guttman will come on and provide comic relief. If that doesn’t work try Town Council, Vavrek is always good for a few laughs.
Joe Mancini April 18, 2014 at 08:58 AM
Jim Weinberg-once again thanks for the laugh. "...we need reps like Guttman". Seriously, I almost choked on my coffee. Please continue sticking your head in the sand while Monroe continues to become the laughingstock of the region. And by the way, I am a conservative and hold a Doctorate as well as a Masters so anytime you would like a proper education, I am available.
Vera Karger April 24, 2014 at 02:12 PM
Bruce ~ It's difficult to prove a negative, but you are dead wrong. Perhaps reading comprehension isn't a strength for you.


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