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Zimpher to lead coalition to support Common Core

Zimpher to lead coalition to support Common Core

From left, SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher, Cornell President David Skorton, and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush discuss the future of education at Cornell University's Bailey Hall, October 2013 Photo: WHCU/Pete Blanchard

SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher is voicing her support for the Common Core learning standards which have come under attack from parents, teachers and both sides of the political aisle.

Zimpher announced Tuesday the roll out of a national coalition called Collaborative for Student Success to combat what she calls “misinformation” about the standards.

She says students are coming into college unprepared for the work ahead of them.

“We have too many universities across the country who are essentially reteaching what students were supposed to or expected to learn in middle and high school,” Zimpher said. “As a consequence, our energy is not adequately directed toward college completion when we are so busy catching people up.”

Zimpher believes Common Core is what’s needed for students to be successful in college and in their careers.

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