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article imageStates move forward with 'Common Core' implementation

By Nathan Miller     Jun 10, 2013 in Politics
The "Common Core" system of educational standards is nearing nationwide state acceptance, with only five states not yet approving the measure.
The system of educational standards, frequently referred to as "Common Core", began as a state initiative in 2010, with support from the National Governors Association (NGA) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO).
Within "Common Core", there are two basic groups of standards: Math and and English Language Arts. The full standards can be found in their entirety here.. However, as with many issues involving education, these standards are not without controversy.
On one side, certain groups erroneously claim that "Common Core" is a creation of the Department of Education, and is being pushed by the federal government. While the Federal government, through the Obama administration, has encouraged the states to adopt the "Common Core" standards, there is currently no pending legislation or Department of Education regulation that would mandate the states adopt or implement any portion of common core.
Others point to the states' extensive role in the formation of the standards, and suggest that those who oppose federal education standards should be encouraged by uniform standards being formed by the states and board of governors, without federal intrusion.
Former Congressman Ron Paul, while acknowledging the standards aren't federally mandated, suggested that the Federal Government is bribing states with federal money, in order to urge them to implement Common Core.
Alaska, Minnesota, Nebraska, Virginia, and Texas have yet to adopt the standards.
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