SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- From coast to coast teachers, parents and education advocates were taking part in a national Day of Action. Organizers hoped to reclaim public education.
In New York, events across the state spoke out against the Common Core curriculum.
In Syracuse, leaders gathered at Doctor Weeks Elementary School. People at the rally want $1.9 billion in new funding for public schools immediately, a renewed focus on teaching instead of testing and a three year moratorium on high stakes standardized tests for teachers and students. Many teachers say the tests can hold real learning back.
"The best use of their time would be engaging them in real learning, real problem solving in the classroom, collaboration and communication with each other and not on testing," said Shelly Chizzonite, ESM United Teachers Association.
To learn more about the National Day of action and the Alliance for Quality Education's push, visit http://www.aqeny.org/dec-9th-reclaim-the-promise.