Citizens learn about ISBE Common Core changes

By WEEK Producer

November 9, 2013 Updated Nov 11, 2013 at 11:11 AM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- As education reform takes place across the state of Illinois, some are concerned that only one side of the issue has been heard.

Concerned citizens gathered at a public forum Saturday morning to hear more information about the Illinois Board of Education's approval of Common Core State Standards.

Speaker Shane Vander Hart highlighted the lack of funding for Common Core and the lack of legislative support.

Vander Hart also spoke about how the standards in teaching Common Core can be confusing and misleading for teachers and students.

Illinois Citizens for Better Education member Rachel Snow says education experts have even come forward with concerns.

"The way topics are introduced how the methods within the standards, how to teach mathematics. So we're saying why in Illinois why can we not come together and look at what these experts are saying and have a dialogue between parties," Snow said.

More than 150 people attended the forum.

Snow says its not about getting Common Core repealed, its about getting Illinois' best to come together and exam how other states have done well with standards.