News Release: Associated Press News
By RAY HENRY
ATLANTA (AP) -- Conservatives are making an election-year attack on national curriculum standards used by Georgia's schools, though it appears unlikely to change much inside classrooms.
The state Senate voted 34-16 on Tuesday to approve legislation that would, in theory, ban Georgia's state officials from adopting national education standards proposed by the U.S. government or other coalitions.
Even if it became law, it's doubtful the legislation would change much. Georgia's Board of Education in 2010 adopted the Common Core standards for English and math, effectively making those guidelines the state's own.
The Common Core standards set benchmarks for reading and math, replacing education goals that varied widely among states. Tea party activists and other conservatives denounce the guidelines developed by states as a federal encroachment into education.