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Legislative committee hears both sides of common core argument

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More than 60 people testified in front of the legislative committee. More than 60 people testified in front of the legislative committee.
RALEIGH, N.C. -

A 9-year-oldgirl spoke out against common core curriculum standards at a legislative committee hearingWednesday in Raleigh.

LolaWhitener asked her parents to home school her because common core-basedcurriculum bored her.

"I sat byand watch my friends not learning but playing during the day," Whitener said. "Idon't want common core because it will make kids into mindless people."

Lola'smother Rebecca said she played no role in getting her daughter to testify.

"I'm a nurse.I take care of sick people," Rebecca Whitener said. "I don't do any type ofpolitical thing."

LolaWhitener said it was important to tell those making the decisions that commoncore was not working. She said she wanted to speak up not only for herself butfor all of her friends who are in school now.

More than 60people testified, including the North Carolina Teacher of the Year KarynDickerson. She believes lawmakers heard a good cross section of views on commoncore.

"It wasinteresting to hear from both sides who cited evidence to support theirarguments," Dickerson said. "And that really is what common core is all about."

Common core was implemented in this state in 2010.

The committee said their recommendations will be revealedin about a month. Those recommendations will help lawmakers decide if theyshould change the way common core is being implemented in the state.

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