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Forum draws criticism of school test burden

Assemblywoman Patricia Fahy, D-Albany, left, and state Sen. Cecilia Tkaczyk, D-Duanesburg, center, hosted a Capital Region forum on the impact of tests and mandates, with Guilderland Central School District Superintendent Marie Wiles as one of the panelists. (Photo courtesy Joe Bonilla)
Assemblywoman Patricia Fahy, D-Albany, left, and state Sen. Cecilia Tkaczyk, D-Duanesburg, center, hosted a Capital Region forum on the impact of tests and mandates, with Guilderland Central School District Superintendent Marie Wiles as one of the panelists. (Photo courtesy Joe Bonilla)
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There was no love for state tests or the state Education Department at a forum in Albany on Wednesday organized by state legislators from the Capital Region. Local superintendents, school officials, a parent of a student, a teacher and Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Central School District eighth-grader Colin Winters spoke about the problems they deal with on a day-to-day basis because of burdens from state tests. “I feel kids are overworked and stressed out. … The ...


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