Common Core forum being held in Riverhead tonight

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01/29/2014 10:00 AM |
CARRIE MILLER FILE PHOTO  |  Educators packed a forum at Eastport-South Manor High School in December to express their displeasure over Common Core.

CARRIE MILLER FILE PHOTO | Educators packed a forum at Eastport-South Manor High School in December to express their displeasure over Common Core.

East End education advocates have organized a public forum Wednesday to discuss parents and teachers’ concerns over Common Core.

The forum, titled “Our Children Are Not Common: Their Education Shouldn’t Be Either,” is expected to discuss how high-stakes testing, new mandated teacher evaluations, Common Core curriculum and student data storage plans are negatively affecting children.

Special guests scheduled to speak at the free event include: Comsewogue School District Superintendent Joseph Rella, Long Island Opt Out founder Jeanette Deutermann, retired special education teacher Terry Kalb, social worker Mary Calamia, and educator Brian Wasson.

Concerned parents and teachers that have created several Facebook groups are also working together to help organize the event, including:

Riverhead Parents Questioning Common Core

L.I. East Enders Against Common Core

Hampton Bays Parents for common SENSE education

• Floyd Strong Parents United

The public forum will be held at the Long Island Aquarium from 6 to 8 p.m.

For more information, call organizer Crystal Demeo of Floyd Strong Parents United at (631) 219-8283 or email crystaldemeo@yahoo.com.

jennifer@timesreview.com