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January 12, 2014

Democratic state superintendent candidates face off at CVTC

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She addressed her concerns with the increase in charter schools and the diminishing education budget as well as the problems with Common Core.

Anderson said she would like to see more funding going into schools that are already here rather than charter schools. She also discussed more funding going to programs such as the special education program. 

"These children need services and they're going to be provided services," she said. 

Currently there is not an advocate at the state level for special education, Anderson said. This is something she would like to see changed. 

Anderson criticized Common Core and its implementation. She said that through studying child development, she has found that Common Core is not developmentally correct for kindergartners and first graders. 

"What it does is create an atmosphere where children do not want to go to school," Anderson said. Anderson criticized the A-F formula, although her school received a B. 

Too many people who do not understand education are making too many decisions, Anderson said. She added that she wants to see more action taken, rather than just promises made.

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