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Letter: Don’t delay the Common Core

A file photo of school buses.

A file photo of school buses. Credit: Newsday/Thomas A. Ferrara

A tremendous disservice has been perpetrated by the Board of Regents on the state education system by caving in to a fringe of vocal naysayers bent on the status quo.

The Regents voted to allow high school students to graduate with minimum scores of 65 on state exams until 2022. This is an abject capitulation to those who are satisfied with mediocrity and who are willing to accept the abysmal low ranking of American students and, yes, even adults, in basic disciplines such as math, science and language arts, compared with many countries in the world. 

The myopic, narrow-minded fringe that opposes the Common Core has pressured the Board of Regents into a flawed decision. It means that their high schoolers will continue to be so ill-prepared for college, and the world beyond, that they will have to pay for these students to take remedial courses. The result is that the clock has been turned back to the failed education system. 

Stanley L. Ronell
Port Washington

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