Common Core dialogue continues with town hall forums

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Common Core dialogue continues with town hall forums
By Erin Timony, The State Journal

Following the 2015 legislative session and the attempted repeal of Common Core, West Virginia Superintendent of Schools Michael Martirano said he will embark on a listening and learning tour in order to address the issues and concerns that have been raised by opponents of Common Core.

Different groups have already arranged forums to continue the Common Core dialogue. An education forum from 7-8:30 p.m. April 25 at the Marilla Center in Morgantown will feature Peg Luksik, who will discuss the Common Core State Standards. The event is sponsored by WV Against Common Core.

According to Luksik's biography, she is a Pennsylvania teacher with over 35 years of experience in special and elementary education. She has taught from pre-school to college in regular classrooms, resource centers, self-contained special education classes and alternative educational settings. Her experience includes having trained teachers in curriculum and classroom management, written and evaluated curricula, writing several books on education issues, having hosted a nationally syndicated television program dealing with education America and she founded a program to assist low-income single mothers complete their educations, which was recognized by President Ronald Reagan. Luksik was also named as a National Point of Light by President George Bush, served as an adviser to President Reagan's Commission on the Family and worked for the U.S. Department of Education reviewing and evaluating education reform initiatives.

The group West Virginia for Better Education conducted a town hall meeting of its own March 22 at the Ohio County Public Library in Wheeling. Jessica George, West Virginia Department of Education ELA coordinator, and Theresa Hammond, WVDE's Math and Science Partnership Coordinator, discussed the Next Generation Standards/Common Core State Standards.

Sandra Stotsky, a member of the Common Core Validation Committee who refused to sign off on the standards, spoke to the topic of Common Core ELA/Math: Teaching to the Standards. Speaking to the topic of Common Core Math: Minimal College Readiness was Tyler County Board of Education President Bonnie Henthorn and Bradford Hartley, founder of American Education Improvement Project LLC, retired science teacher, disciplinarian and attendance officer at Cameron Junior/High School in Marshall County. Sen. Donna Boley, R-Pleasants, vice chair of the Senate Education Committee, gave the group a legislative update, with a panel discussion ending with a Q&A.