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Parents Voice Opinions to the Education Commissioner

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Rochester: Parents Voice Opinions to the Education Commissioner
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Parents from all across Western New York will be in attendance Wednesday night. Groups from the Buffalo area boarded buses this afternoon to voice their opinions to the Education Commissioner. YNN's Katie Morse joins us from our newsroom now with more on why they're making the trip.

WESTERN NEW YORK -- These parents are frustrated. They have kids in districts all across the area, but they have one thing in common, they say what's happening now in schools just isn't working.

The parents met at the Park and Ride on Transit Road.

They say the state is overstepping its boundaries, and they want to address three things with the Education Commissioner.

First, Common Core learning standards and how they're being implemented; second, the high stakes nature of testing, and third, the sharing of student data.

Thirdly, parents say all kids aren't the same, they all learn differently, and the state needs to step back, stop creating so many regulations, and just let teachers do what they do best.

"We need more creativity. More trust for our teachers. And the government and the state just keep putting these policies out, and more testing and more data," said Andrea Merchant, Wilson School District Parent.

"Much of it is being implemented at levels that are not age appropriate for students. And we are making adjustments as a family, but this is not the type of education, the type of schooling that I want to see for my kids. There's too much focus on the testing," said Eric Mihelbergel, Kenmore School District Parent.

Senator Tim Kennedy tells us the Education Commissioner will have a forum in Buffalo and that will take place within the next two weeks, with more information on it coming in the next few days.

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