A couple of hundred opponents of Common Core descend upon the State Capitol urging Gov. Nathan Deal to pull Georgia out of the set of national educational standards.
Tea Party activists, state lawmakers, parents, even children chanted and held signs that read “Stop Common Core”.
The state began using the controversial set of standards in 2012 aimed at putting its academics on par with the 45 other states which have now also adopted it.
“These types of systems that make everyone equal and everyone the same is wrong,” says Jean Garner from Cherokee County.
Rep. William Ligon (R-Brunswick), who led the rally, is pushing two pieces of legislation this session aimed at sucking the air out of Common Core.
One would create an advisory panel to come up with a new set of standards. The other would prevent student data from being released to the federal government.
“Unfortunately over the last 30 years, the federal government has been incrementally directing education decisions at the local even through its purse strings,” says Ligon.
Under fire, Deal asked last year for a review of the standards by the state Board of Education which is not yet complete.
But not everyone opposes Common Core. The Georgia Chamber and the Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education hold their own news conference Wednesday at the Capitol to announce the formation of a new coalition in support of it.
Representatives from the state’s business, education, and community leadership will be speaking in favor of the standards they say are important to improving education in Georgia.