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Anti-Common Core activist boosts Astorino as 'champion'

One of the more emotionally-expressive addresses in the opening hours of the GOP state convention in Westchester came from Yvonne Gasperino, who leads a group called Stop Common Core in New York, along with her husband, Glen Dalgleish.

Their children, 8 and 5, attend school over the border from their Westchester home, a Catholic school in Connecticut.

Gasperino sounded a note that has been heard across Long Island in contentious meetings:  That teaching-to-the-test and new centrally-mandated school curriculum rules have driven students and parents to distraction.

She goes much further than those who say the program wasn’t "rolled out" the right way.  She condemned it as an “upside-down, inside-out curriculum created by educrats and embraced by insiders who have failed  to value every child.”

Drawing applause, Gasperino called the “early hero” in the legislature Assemb. Al Graf (R-Holbrook), and cited some “modest success.”

“But we have not been able to stop Common Core -- yet. Now we have another champion at our side: County Executive Rob Astorino. We are not so lonely any more,” she said, citing his refusal to have his own children take the standardized tests.

She and Dalgleish said they object also to the “alignment” of Common Core with the approach in some religious schools.

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