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Maryland Common Core protest well attended by citizens

A grassroots movement against Common Core (CCSS) and the federalization of our education system which was brought together in only three weeks made an impressive showing today in Baltimore in front of the Maryland Department of Education headquarters.

Over 50 protestors assembled on a weekday morning in downtown Baltimore to bring awareness to the issues surrounding Common Core, the new national education standards which were adopted by 45 states, including Maryland.

Protestors came from many counties, including Baltimore, Carroll, Harford, Howard, Cecil, Charles and others. They were parents, grandparents, homeschoolers, and citizens who expressed an array of concerns over Common Core and other new education reforms being required by the federal Race To The Top grant fund.

Concerns surrounded around the loss of local school control due to the grant fund requirements, but also included student privacy issues, many implementation issues, concerns about losing teachers, lack of parental and public input, lack of evidence that CCSS leads to better college/career readiness, and issues with the standards themselves. See the video for comments from the protestors.

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