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As millions of U.S. schoolchildren learn reading, writing and arithmetic under new national academic standards known as Common Core, a backlash has developed in several states. Despite federal support, Common Core remains essentially a state-grounded program. When the standards in an early form were presented to the governors in 2009, only Sarah Palin of Alaska and Rick Perry of Texas opposed them.
In fact, between 2010 and 2011, 46 states and the District of Columbia adopted the Common Core Standards, which lay out the academic skills students are supposed to master at each grade level from kindergarten through high school.
Since then, however, two of those states — Indiana and Oklahoma — have repealed the standards, while three others — Missouri, North Carolina and South Carolina — have passed laws to reconsider the standards or create new ones, leaving the Common Core standards in place for now.
So it seems that the once valued Common Core curriculum becomes a political football rather than an actual means of providing valued learning goals to students.
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