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Teachers rally for education ‘reset’

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Teachers across the country rallied for more funding and less testing Monday as part of a national ‘‘Day of Action’’ organized in several states.

‘‘The overriding message is reclaiming the promise of public education,’’ said Richard Iannuzzi, president of New York State United Teachers, who took part in an event at Nyack High School with American Federation of Teachers president Randi Weingarten, parents, and legislators.

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Events also were planned in several other New York cities and in at least two dozen other states.

While teachers, students, community groups, and educators tailored their actions to states’ individual concerns, a central theme in many states, including New York, Florida, Idaho, and Iowa, was a call for more funding for public schools.

New York organizers published an open letter to state education leaders that, in addition to underfunding, decried a ‘‘lack of access to public higher education, rushed implementation of new standards and evaluations, an obsession with testing, lack of support for teaching and learning, [and] insufficient staffing and layoffs.’’

Iannuzzi said recent changes announced by the State Education Department, including the elimination of a math test for some eighth-graders, fall short of the ‘‘major reset’’ that is needed.

New York’s decision to base standardized tests and teacher evaluations on new Common Core learning standards adopted in all but five states has been met with resistance from educators and parents who say implementation of the more rigorous standards was rushed.

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