Brewster, N.Y. – 02/21/2014 – Our Lady of Lourdes High School will host a Common Core Forum in conjunction with Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson) on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 6:00 PM. Parents, students, educators and concerned residents are all invited to attend. Dr. Peg Luksik, a nationally recognized education expert, will give a special Common Core presentation.

On January 16th Senator Greg Ball hosted a Common Core Community Forum at the Carmel Town Hall. Over two hundred parents, students and educators attended the forum to voice their concerns over the new standards. Senator Ball is also hosting a student-based workshop to hear more from those that Common Core directly affects, the children at Lakeland Copper Beech Middle School.

Senator Greg Ball currently has a bill that calls for an immediate 3-year moratorium on the controversial new standards until the issues can be resolved as well as a bill that would convene an independent commission charged with studying the implications of changing standards and determining the best method of improving public school education. In addition to the legislation, Senator Ball has also launched a petition to stop Common Core in NYS on his Senate website that now has over 6,900 signatures.

Click here to sign the petition to Stop Common Core in NYS.

“According to the federal government, Common Core was designed to provide a uniformed standard for students, preparing them for college and careers. Regardless of the good intentions, Common Core has become an Uncommon Disaster,” said Senator Greg Ball. “My office has been inundated with phone calls, emails, letters and faxes from parents, teachers, students and community members that are very concerned with this new program. We must be committed to providing our students with the best possible education available. However, education is not about teaching to the test and it should never become a one size fits all endeavor, sinking to the lowest common denominator.”

Peg Luksik, Chairman of Founded on Truth, will give a special presentation on Common Core at the community forum. Luksik is a nationally recognized education expert that has been an educator for over 35 years and was a Gubernatorial candidate in Pennsylvania in both 1990 and 1994.

“We are told that Common Core focuses on the floor of educational achievement. But education should always be about the ceiling – challenging America’s children to reach up to find their potential,” said Peg Luksik. “When we focus our schools on the floor, too many of our children will never get out of the basement.”

The public and those in the education community are invited to attend. Attendees will be given a chance to speak, but will be asked to limit their remarks to three minutes.

 What: Common Core Forum

When: Monday, February 24, 2014 at 6:00 PM.

Where: Our Lady of Lourdes High School: 131 Boardman Rd. Poughkeepsie, NY 12603

For more information, please contact or (845) 531-9796


About Greg Ball

Assemblyman Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson) is the Senator for New York State's 40th district. A former Vice President of Exceed International Development Corporation, Ball holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the United States Air Force Academy, is currently completing his Masters Thesis of Liberal Studies in International Affairs at Georgetown University, and received an honorable discharge in 2005 at the rank of Captain after service as an active duty officer in the United States Air Force. View all posts by Greg Ball →
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