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Anti-Common Core speaker coming to Lyons Falls


LYONS FALLS — A Common Core detractor will speak on the controversial topic here next week.

Cathy Sapeta from New Yorkers United for Kids — a Westchester County-based grass-roots group seeking full repeal of Common Core standards — will be the guest speaker at the next meeting of the Old North Church Patriots. The session will begin at 7 p.m. June 26 at the Bible Fellowship Church on Route 12 next to Boondocks Restaurant.

“Should our children be standardized?” Mrs. Sapeta said by email. “Children can’t respond to teaching based on a manufacturing model. Each child is unique and each child learns differently. Common Core was foisted on the states with huge financial incentives. New York received $700 million dollars. The legislators in Albany are getting resistance from all 62 New York counties not because of a failed implementation; it’s because the theory is flawed from the start. Parents, teachers, and community members across political and social backgrounds are standing up and telling elected officials to take back the Common Core.”

She said her talk will focus on how Common Core affects all members of society and “take a look behind the marketing to learn the truth about Common Core and why this expensive experiment is bad for our kids.”

Mrs. Sapeta said by telephone that she had worked for many years in business technology sales. However, after getting married a few years ago, she decided to go back to college to earn a master’s degree in teaching English as a second language. During those studies, which were completed last year, she was introduced to Common Core standards.

When questioning some aspects of the new educational materials and standards, Mrs. Sapeta said, she never received answers she felt were adequate.

“As a sales professional, you never want to leave a customer with questions,” she said.

After meeting Anne LaValle, a mother of seven children and founder of New Yorkers United for Kids, Mrs. Sapeta said she chose to delay her educational career and instead travel throughout the state to speak about her Common Core concerns.

Stephen J. Kraeger, a member of the Old North Church Patriots, said he saw Mrs. Sapeta speak recently at sessions in both Gouverneur and Lowville and was so impressed with what he heard that he invited her to speak at his group’s next meeting.

“She’s speaking from the heart,” Mr. Kraeger said. “It’s a passion for her.”

For more information on New Yorkers United for Kids, visit

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