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New York Principal Exits Job to Protest Common Core


“The Common Core was hastily put together."

A high school principal in New York is retiring early from her job to fight the Common Core standards, WNYW-TV reported.

“The Common Core was hastily put together,” said Carol Burris, the principal of South Side High School at Rockville Centre in Long Island.

The station described her reputations as “popular and academically distinguished.”

“It was not put together by educational professionals for the most part,” Burris said of Common Core. “It’s developmentally inappropriate in the primary years and I have problems with it even at the high school level.”

She also disagrees with the New York state government basing 50 percent of teacher evaluations on Common Core test results.

“There are ways you can evaluate teachers without including test scores,” Burris said.

Last week, about 200,000 New York public school students opted out of taking the Common Core English tests.

Jennifer Hensely, executive director for the Association for a Better New York, contends that the tests are necessary to measure teacher performance. The nonprofit business group backs the K-12 math and English standards and Hensely said she hopes parents and children will be more open minded about the Common Core exams.

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