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Common Core, new standard by which schools now teach

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GREENVILLE, N.C. -

Common core is the new standard by which public schools now teach children.
     
It's goal is to rigorously prepare kids for college and the workforce while maintaining a consistent set of lesson plans and testing.

46 states have agreed to use it; North Carolina for the first time this school year.
     
Researchers and those who developed the curriculum maintain it's a good thing for children, with states working together to make kids stronger. But critics argue it's far from that.

And the sound of opposition is not only getting louder, it's growing.
     
The U.S. Department of Education clearly explains it as, "States working together to create national standards for education."

Words like robust, rigorous, evidence-based lead one to believe it's a wonderful new direction to put kids in the best possible place to excel in college and the workplace.

North Carolina adopted the standard in 2010.

"The previous General Assembly authorized this action," said Lt. Gov. Dan Forest, (R) North Carolina. "And the previous State Board of Education put in motion the full state-wide implementation of new standards."

The National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers created the common core. And it had bi-partisan support.

But many of the creative concepts came from progressive non-profit Achieve, Inc. It's based out of Washington and funded mostly by liberal Bill and Melinda Gates.

Plus, millions of federal dollars went into creating the tests used in the program.
     
Reports indicate state lawmakers agreed to implement common core, because if they didn't, the state would lose hundreds of millions of dollars from President Obama's "Race to the Top" program.  
     
Critics call that coercion.
     
Current Lt. Governor Dan Forest is now raising the question, why are we doing this?

"As a believer in local and parental control of education, I am unclear how a national one size fits all standard will serve our students well and allow our parents the ability to be engaged in educational decisions," said Forest.

Many other states have similar concerns.  

So now, Lt. Governor Forest and the Board of Education is diving deeper into the program to see why the state's implementing a program that no one ever field tested.

Over the next couple of months, the North Carolina Board of Education will work to answer these questions and 9 On Your Side will follow its progress.  
     
Until then, it appears we all should look a little deeper into what's happening to children's education and ask a few questions.

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