Opponent: 'Stop experimenting with my children'
Ann Marie Banfield, education liaison at Cornerstone Policy Research, a statewide conservative advocacy group, says the frustration of parents such as DiPietro is understandable. Her three children attended parochial schools, she said, and after years of researching education, she now wishes she had home-schooled them.
Mayor Ted Gatsas, who is taking on the Department of Education over testing protocols, said he had been made wary by past experience.
"In the 1980s, there was an experiment to build schools without classroom walls," he said. "I still have a school like that in my district at Beech Street. The only thing that separates classrooms is file cabinets. Go in there and see if you can pay attention."
The controversy surrounding the education standards and related tests is actually a good thing for education, DiPietro says, because it has mobilized parents. "Now, there's a door that's been opened," he said. "Thanks to Common Core, parents like me can make our case that we've been going the wrong way for the last 30 years."
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