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Wantagh parents oppose Common Core
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  Michael Soethout, president of the Wantagh school board, said during Thursday’s meeting a resolution emphasizing concern about the increased emphasis on standardized testing is being considered by the trustees. 

“We want a full body education and experience for the children,” said Soethout, who was first elected school board president in July and is in his third year as trustee. “We are not trying to change what we have done successfully through the years.”

  Wantagh Elementary School parent Robert Beck also spoke out against the Common Core curriculum during the Oct. 17 meeting, calling the tests “ridiculous.”

Wantagh Superintendent Maureen Goldberg issued a statement a day after the Oct. 17 meeting emphasizing that while the Common Core Learning Standards are now a requirement for all districts in New York State, they are still speaking up about its implementation.

  “Along with my colleagues on Long Island and the rest of the state, we have complied with this mandate, but have voiced our deep concerns to the Commissioner of Education John B. King regarding the impact of prematurely introducing this new more rigorous curriculum and the associated assessments,” said Goldberg, who was previously a longtime principal of Forest Lake Elementary School. “Our number one priority in Wantagh is to ensure that all students receive a high quality education in a supportive and nurturing environment. This continues to be our priority while remaining in compliance with all state mandates.” 


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