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New York teachers await the arrival of vital classroom resources

TUESDAY, AUGUST 06, 2013 09:52 AM

Different states have their own deadlines for the full implementation of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), with New York moving at an especially fast pace. According to, a New York State Education Department website, the CCSS for grades 3-8 were implemented during the 2012-2013 academic year, with high schoolers set to complete the transition in the coming academic year.

Unfortunately, not every school in New York is as prepared for the Common Core as it would like to be. This is the case at many Manhattan institutions, as NY1 reported there is a lack of essential classroom resources around the city.

Teachers need CCSS-aligned textbooks, teaching guides, worksheets and other materials. Unfortunately, too many instructors are still waiting for these resources to arrive. With the new academic year just weeks away, this has many teachers on edge. It is also hampering their ability to plan for the fall.

"It's almost as if you're asking, you know, a truck driver to deliver goods without a truck," Michael Mulgrew, president of the United Federation of Teachers, told the news source.