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Lawmakers, law students talk Common Core at annual breakfast

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ALBANY, N.Y. -- Common Core has been a debated topic around the country, and it was the focus of the Albany Law School's legislative breakfast seminar.

"For a lively discussion and debate around these important issues, and Common Core certainly, it's hard to think of a more important issue that the state is grappling with right now," said Ray Brescia, the director of the Government Law Center.

"Common Core is something that is hurting a lot of kids," said Craig Mausler, an attorney.

Mausler came because he wanted New York State Education Commissioner John King to hear his story.

"The day before the test started the school nurse called us they said come get your kid, the nurses office is overflowing with kids, their all sick, they all have stomach illness, because they're all nervous about the testing," said Mausler.

Mausler's son is a student in the Guilderland School District. Although King admits implementation of the curriculum in all 700 new york districts has been challenging, he remains optimistic.

"They shouldn't see the test as the end all be all of their education experience and that's a tone that parents can set, teachers can set, and their principles can set," said King.

But in all good debates, disagreements can arise even when both sides are fighting for the same goal.

"The best answer to our economic challenges is a better prepared workforce. Ensuring our students are prepared to succeed in college and careers so they can drive economic growth in the state and provide opportunities in the state," said King.

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