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August 22, 2013

Gov. Deal orders review of education guidelines

ATLANTA — Gov. Nathan Deal has ordered an extensive review of national education guidelines known as Common Core standards.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports (http://bit.ly/184rm8Z) that Deal also asked the State Board of Education to “un-adopt” part of the program that includes sample English test selections that some parents object to.

Deal also asked the board to develop a new social studies curriculum that emphasizes, among other things, civic and fiscal responsibility. The governor also urged members to come up with a model reading list for school boards across Georgia.

The Atlanta newspaper reports that Deal’s order signals his declining support for Common Core amid criticism that the guidelines are a federal takeover of education policy. The voluntary set of reading and math standards has become a divisive issue in Georgia politics.

 

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