Manchester panel OKs new academic standards, despite Common Core criticism
The standards, which a special committee of teachers and consultants have been working on over the past year, were meant to be the district’s alternative to the controversial Common Core State Standards.
“Everyone was watching what Manchester would do with these standards, and they’re quite disappointed and disgusted by it now,” said Deborah Olszta, a vocal opponent of Common Core.
One member of the committee, however, faulted the administration for not producing one document summarizing the changes for the public.
“The document is 259 pages long; it’s been online since January,” he said. “The standards continued to be developed right through the June meeting.”
Committee member Robyn Dunphy, Ward 6, said she read through all the standards, as well as materials provided by the critics, and had met with teachers about them.
All of the members of the committee voted to approve the standards, with the exception of Langton.
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