Educators, parents, students and community members are fed up with the New York State education system. That's why a statewide Day of Action was called – to spark a public education reform.
The main topics of the day were the state budget cuts, the state's emphasis on standardized testing and Common Core standards.
Speakers called for a greater investment in public education and a change in focus from testing to learning.
"I understand how implementation works in this district and I'll say that the implementation of Common Core and APPR and the Master Schedule has been poor at best. From what I hear, our teachers, they don't have the passion to teach the way they did before, they're afraid that these test scores are going to affect them. That's not going to be an environment conducive to children learning," said Candace Lucas, parent of an RCSD student.
To fix these problems, the Alliance for Quality Education and other grassroots organizations are pushing for a three-year moratorium on high-stakes consequences due to standardized testing.