Manchester school cash is at stake with Common Core test
Gatsas said he was recently told by the state education commissioner that not adopting the assessment test, called Smarter Balanced, could imperil not only $21 million in federal funding, but the $56 million in state aid to the district, which makes up about a third of its budget.
Gatsas expressed his alarm at the Board of School Committee meeting on Monday, and several board members shared his concern. Federally-mandated testing has been a sore point for Gatsas, who has sought a testing exemption for the districts’s English language learners, who struggle on the NECAP exam and bring down the city’s average scores. Federal authorities have refused to grant the waiver and threatened to withhold about $20 million it sends to the district if the testing isn’t administered to all students.
Leather said he wasn’t sure if state aid to districts could be withheld if they do not adopt the new assessment test. “We’d have to take look at that. I don’t have the answer to that today,” he said.
The Common Core standards have drawn critics across the country who question the soundness and rigor of the system and have charged that it’s an attempt by the federal government to impose uniform and inflexible standards across the country.
The standards were defended at Monday’s board meeting by David Ryan, the district’s new assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction. Ryan was previously the principal of Nashua High School North, which has implemented Common Core, he said.
READER COMMENTS: 0
- 'Arpy' Saunders, architect of Claremont lawsuit, dead at 72 - 2
- Nashua committee votes to OK policy that allows alcohol at school - 3
- Students honored for winning essays - 0
- Parents want answers on Ellis principal - 0
- Manchester charter school requests barriers between playground, street - 5
- Discovery of shotgun shell in locker room puts Stratham school into lockdown - 0
- Eighth-graders test underwater remote operated vehicles they built - 0
- McDonough School's 'Kids Closet' seeks to supply students with shoes, coats - 0
- Driver ed goes private, smaller in Manchester - 0
READER COMMENTS: 0
- Police obtain warrants for suspect wanted in Dover, Manchester bank robberies - 0
- Abby Dion, 9, records a 10 in gymnastics meet - 0
- St. A skaters fall to Norwich - 0
- Monarchs lose in OT; win streak stops at 6 - 0
- Police searching for person stealing from cars in Manchester - 1
- College Football: Maine seniors want the coveted musket - 0
- College Hockey: Ice-making problem postpones UNH-PC - 1
- Pinkerton backfield a combination of power and speed - 0
- John Habib's City Sports: State Legion rejects Post 79’s request for senior team - 2
Jury acquits Mont Vernon driver, who was checking text, in death of former Amherst fire chief
Offend someone? To jail with you!
Obama to illegals: Come out of shadows
Plaistow town planner arrested
Driver acquitted in Amherst ex-chief’s death
A kinder, gentler House Speaker?
College Football: Wildcats are CAA champs
College Hockey: Providence blanks UNH