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Education forum focuses on new testing requirements, state mandates

Gregory Diefenbach, assistant superintendent for business at Voorheesville Central School District, fourth from left, talks about the importance for schools to receive mandate relief. Also pictured, far left, Guilderland Central School District Superintendent Marie Wiles.

Gregory Diefenbach, assistant superintendent for business at Voorheesville Central School District, fourth from left, talks about the importance for schools to receive mandate relief. Also pictured, far left, Guilderland Central School District Superintendent Marie Wiles. Photo by John Purcell.

— Gregory Diefenbach, assistant superintendent for business at Voorheesville Central School District, stressed more inroads must be made on mandate relief.

“Many of the mandates we are already doing in some fashion, so we are doing it in a redundant way,” Diefenbach said. “They need to be reviewed and in many cases I believe a lot of them can be eliminated, which would save a lot of money.”

Diefenbach said some of the ideas presented by legislators at the forum were interesting and he is looking forward to continuing the dialogue. He urged lawmakers to simply talk to local school officials on how to tackle problems.

Winters said because of the Common Core, he learned the vocabulary word “bureaucracy” firsthand this year.

“These tests are a bureaucratic solution to a problem that often does not exist and there is no reason to have a solution when there is no problem,” he said. “I feel kids are overworked and stressed out. The last thing my peers and I need is another test.”

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