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Assemblyman Crouch Hosts Education Roundtable

It's been no secret that state mandated tests haven't been too popular among students, parents, and teachers.

Thursday night, area residents had the chance to voice any of their concerns on the state of education at a roundtable hosted by Assemblyman Clifford Crouch. 

Binghamton High School 11th grade English teacher Quana Brock, also a parent to a nine-year old, feels there needs to be a balance between the time spent taking tests and the yearly curriculum.

"Several of her final lessons have been interrupted by state testings and she's been watching movies, waiting to take a test. Unfortunately that's time that she should be in the classroom," said Brock.

Those who spoke at the roundtable brought up issues of the involvement the state has on education, and about opting out of state tests.

Other panelists of the roundtable included James Tallon from the New York State Regents Board, Interim Chenango Valley Superintendent David Gill, teacher Dona Murray, and parent Suzanne Sova.

"Somehow we're doing something wrong.  We shouldn't be turning our young people away from wanting to go to school and the excitement of learning.  So we need to take this information, hear some ideas, and complaints, and see if we can make it a better system," said Crouch.

Crouch said he plans on presenting the concerns and suggestions to the chair of the education committee to see what can be done legislatively.

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