Area residents got a chance to voice their concerns at a town hall meeting held in Ithaca Wednesday night.
Those who came to the Franziska Rackers Center Wednesday complained about the stateâ€™s high property taxes, as well as the new Common Core learning standards being implemented in school districts statewide.
State Senator Tom Oâ€™Mara spoke critically of the state education department, including state education commissioner John King.
“Arrogance is the right word for the way heâ€™s approached this in the community meetings that heâ€™s done around the state,” O’Mara said.
Oâ€™Mara said the changes that the Board of Regents made this week were a step in the right direction, but that the implementation of Common Core has been â€śa disaster.â€ť
“[We're] not allowing our districts the time to develop their own curriculum, which I believe they should, with local control,” O’Mara said. “Given more time, hopefully weâ€™ll see our districts be able to develop their curriculum, and have the teachers develop their own lesson plans to teach the way that theyâ€™re most gifted at teaching.”
O’Mara’s 58th Senate District encompasses a portion of Tompkins County, including the city and town of Ithaca, and the towns of Enfield, Newfield and Ulysses.