News

High taxes, Common Core among complaints at Ithaca town hall

High taxes, Common Core among complaints at Ithaca town hall

State Senator Tom O'Mara speaks to area residents at a town hall meeting held at the Franziska Racker Centers in Ithaca, Wed. Feb. 12, 2014/Photo by Pete Blanchard

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 state’s high property taxes, as well as the new Common Core learning standards being implemented in school districts statewide.

State Senator Tom O’Mara spoke critically of the state education department, including state education commissioner John King.

“Arrogance is the right word for the way he’s approached this in the community meetings that he’s done around the state,” O’Mara said.

O’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 “a disaster.”

“[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 we’ll see our districts be able to develop their curriculum, and have the teachers develop their own lesson plans to teach the way that they’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.

Recent Headlines

in Local

Korean War veteran buried in Ithaca

Sgt. Michael James Barra was laid to rest at Calvary Cemetery in Ithaca Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014

Sgt. Michael James Barra was buried in Ithaca Saturday.

in Local

Spencer-Van Etten school bus driver faces charges

school_bus

Details about the alleged incident haven’t been revealed.

in Local

Three arrested in violent Halloween home invasion in Cortland County

Greg Hatch, 24, of Van Etten, Ian Burke, 19, of Spencer, and Jennifer Kelly, 18, of Spencer

The suspects are all due back in Cortlandville Town Court next week.

in Local

After epic snow, floods and roof collapses are concerns

New York State Police provide an escort for Suffolk and Nassau County Department of Public Works trucks headed for Buffalo (photo courtesy of New York State Police)

Warmer weather and rain are in the forecast, and that's making people in the Buffalo area nervous.

in National

Making headlines this week

AP333203377986

A look back at the biggest newsmakers this week and the headline you may have missed.