We’re in a district where we do rely on federal funding, notably for students with disabilities. And while we are working hard on our budget development, it is disappointing that the nominee is going into this thinking we can just eliminate federal funding and shift it to private schools and charter schools. That seems to point to an insensitivity to boards of education who have come to rely on these sources of funds to make budgets stable.
For a number of years, the Common Core has helped us in terms of curriculum development. While there is certainly room for discussion about the Common Core and certainly things we could do to improve it … there is much in the Common Core that has a lot of merit and schools have embraced it. To have the secretary of education go in with preconceived ideas that it’s some federal mandate and lowering standards, the word I’d say is it’s “demoralizing.”
Louis Moore, Superintendent
Red Bank Regional High School
Moore’s commentary is related to a Jan. 24 press call with NJ Spotlight, and re-published here with permission.
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