For her efforts, Rickert received a standing ovation at the end of her school board speech.

A sixth grade English teacher at Ichabod Crane in upstate New York broke down in tears in front of the school board, as she requested to be reassigned when it comes time to issue the Common Core ELA Assessment tests for her students.

Jennifer Rickert told the board that the Common Core curriculum was well beyond a sixth-grader’s language development and referred to the testing as “cruel and harmful.”

She added that she could no longer remain silent, and that she doesn’t “believe in knowingly setting my students up for failure.”

Watch the report from WNYT below:

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