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Common Core protest

Rochester, N.Y. - Some classrooms could be nearly empty Monday.

On social media, people are talking about "Don't Send Your Kids to School Day" which is a protest against the new Common Core standards in education.

Even after talking with school leaders and the state education commissioner, some parents say they still feel like they're not being heard.

Since teacher evaluations are based on those test scores, some parents say students are spending more time reviewing what's on the tests and not learning new material.

School administrators say the movement will teach students a bad lesson about the importance of attendance.

Some parents say - they don't know what else to do to get their message heard.
Say we find out down the road that this was not the best way to do it, said parent Kimberly Salisbury, now we've wasted a year, two years or however many years it is, and these kids are behind. So it's the future of our children. That's why people are so frustrated and emotional.

Common Core tests are not done until April. Students can refuse to take the exams with their parents permission.

Education Commissioner John king defended the Common Core tests, but said the state is considering scaling back on testing by eliminating one of the standardized math exams for eighth graders.

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Washington Times