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Common Core: Not good enough for Georgia students

Georgia State Capitol
Georgia State Capitol
Louis Hubbard

The purpose of the Common Core standards nationwide is to better prepare students across the country for success in school and beyond. Georgia voluntarily adopted the standards. Those states who adopted the standards are showing improvement in the performance of their students.

Common Core was designed to compare student success and performance across the country. The sponsor of the bill was Senator William Ligon. Senate Bill 167 was dead on arrival in the state of Georgia. The bill was voted down, Georgia teachers and students will not have to start learning new standards. Ligon saw his bill pass the Senate with a vote of 34-16, and the bill was headed to the House.

The Education Committee voted the bill down, they chose not to send the bill to the House. Many supported the standards especially education leaders and businesses. Common Core was created to prepare students for postsecondary education and adult careers. Many students who graduate from high school, find themselves taking remedial courses in college. Which is not a good thing for schools, school districts, colleges, students and parents.

Common Core are state standards initiatives that prepare America’s students for college and careers. The standards are at a high level and our students need that to get to graduation and beyond. Teachers, administrators, school boards must be held accountable for the education of our young people. Our students need more rigor in their curriculum to be more competitive in college and in the workplace. We must prepare all students for real world challenges. Georgia students, deserve the best for success to be competitive with the rest of the world. Children first.

‘If my future were determined just by my performance on a standardized test, I wouldn’t be here. I guarantee you that.‘ -Michelle Obama


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