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Schools to Smola: No changes needed

January 25, 2011
STURBRIDGE — Why fix something that isn't broken?

This is the message the Tantasqua Regional School Committee is sending to state and national leaders.

In order to obtain federal Race to the Top funds, individual states are required to adopt national common core standards of education. This means school officials from Massachusetts communities would be forced to abandon the statewide MCAS testing system and replace it with national standardized tests if they elect to receive federal assistance for education.

However, thousands of parents, teachers, and school board members across the Commonwealth oppose the acquisition of common core standards, which many critics have predicted would be less academically challenging than current Massachusetts requirements.

Last Friday, State Rep. Todd Smola, R-Palmer, filed legislation on behalf of the Tantasqua Regional School Committee to overturn the State Education Board decision to adopt national standards. This action comes one year after the committee decided not to apply for Race to the Top funds.

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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