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Public education in this country continues to take plenty of heat and the latest controversy building to a boiling point is the Common Core, the attempt to set national educational standards in place.  The Obama administration, in an effort called Race to the Top has $4.35 billion in federal grants to those states participating.  However, there is plenty of opposition stating the feds are trying taking control with this effort and schools should remain governed basically at the state level.  Parents and congressional representatives are lining up to take sides.  The feds want a 90% high school graduation rate by 2020 and according to figures from America’s Promise Alliance, “For the second year in a row, America is on track to reach the 90% graduation goal…for the first time in our history, we have passed the milestone of 80% of young Americans graduating from high school.”  The Obama administration wants money doled out based on graduation, retaining jobs, and improvement in standardized tests.   That is going to be a tough task.  It’s my perspective there is an overreach here by the federal government.  Jobs and follow up action by the feds is just not productive when it comes to education.  I spent eight years in the classroom and there are too many variables which makes Common Core not the right solution.  We currently seem to be on the right track with Hispanic student test scores up 15% since 2006 and African American scores up 9%.  Let’s keep the states in charge.  What do you think?Common Core


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