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Catholic Schools and The Common Core, Are They A Match?

The National Catholic Education Association says about half of U.S. dioceses have not adopted the Common Core curriculum in i's schools over the past five years.

As private schools they are not required to. However, President of Broome County Catholic Schools Richard Bucci says his schools are adopting the curriculum. Bucci says this is because Broome County Catholic school students participate in state assessments. He also said Common Core and a religious-based education can exist together.

Ricard Bucci of Broome County Catholic Schools says, "You can have a very strong, aggressive, academic program that's complimented by music and art and also have an overlay of ethics and morals and theology. One is not exclusive of
the other."

Bucci's said the implementation of Common Core was a setback for local
schools because it was implemented abruptly and the transition was
tough for teachers.

But he did say having high academic standards made sure Catholic School students were at the same level of public school students in being adequately prepared for college.