Today on First News with Keeler in the Morning, we will hold an on-air phone forum to allow people to talk about the Common Core Curriculum and how it affects teachers, parents, and even students. We will begin taking calls at 7:20 Am. We will also have various guests throughout the 7:00 hour to speak on this issue and other education issues.

So what is Common Core? Basically, it is a set of standards that would be set for all schools and all students in all grade levels. Teachers who are used to their own curriculum, will now have to get used to teaching material that is uniform throughout the country. All of this will result in standardized testing that will rate not only student performance, but indirectly, teacher performance as well. This is the source of much controversy throughout the nation, especially here in the Utica/Rome area.