Assemb. Brian Curran, R-(Lynbrook) called his recent forum on Common Core a success.

His recent forum on Common Core, “Where do we go from here?” at South Side Middle School in Rockville Centre, featured a panel question and answer session, with panel speakers: Curran, Assemb. Dave McDonough (R,C,I-Merrick); Long Island Opt-out’s Jeanette Brunelle Deutermann; Rockville Centre’s Covert Elementary School Principal Darren Raymar; Executive Director of the Network for Public Education, Carol Burris; Assemb. Ed Ra, (R-Franklin Square); Valley Stream 13 Superintendent Constance D. Evelyn, and Rockville Centre Superintendent William Johnson.

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Curran said more than 150 people attended the event, consisting mostly of parents, teachers and other education stakeholders.

Curran noted that several parents were apprehensive about Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s threats to withhold funding from school districts where students opted-out of Common Core tests. It was also agreed upon by all in attendance that it is cruel for children to have to sit for hours on end with a book in an auditorium while the state testing is going on.

Ra, Ranking Member on the Assembly Education Committee said: ‘Our schools shouldn’t be punished for doing what they think is right for our children. I have introduced a bill in the Assembly that will be a comprehensive opt-out measure that protects our schools, teachers, and children.”

Since New York implemented Common Core, Curran, Ra, McDonough and their Assembly Republican colleagues have spearheaded reform efforts.