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December 27, 2013

Cuts, curriculum sparked debate in '13

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Yelich said he would give teachers flexibility in using the modules, adding: "I don’t want to lose the creativity in the classroom.”

In early November, a two-hour forum by the Oneonta Area for Public Education, formed in reaction to the curriculum, standardized testing and related issues, was held at Morris Hall at SUNY Oneonta. More than 200 people were in attendance.

One of the group's founders, Worcester parent Danielle Boudet, said: “Testing is creating a one-size-fits-all environment. Our teachers are doing a great job despite this."

Hartwick professor Betsy Bloom outlined the history of the issue starting with the 1983 federal report, “A Nation at Risk.” Teachers are forced to test because their careers depend on it, she said.

The issue is sure to continue in the new year.

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