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Georgia governor supports the CCSS
THURSDAY, MAY 02, 2013 09:49 AM

In recent weeks, many Republican leaders have become quite vocal regarding their opposition to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). While Nathan Deal, the governor of Georgia, is also speaking out, he is doing so in favor of the CCSS, the Vinings Neighbor reported.

In Georgia, several of Deal's fellow Republicans have come out against the CCSS, following the Republican National Committee's denunciation of the Standards. However, Deal believes that much of the criticism that has been leveled against the Common Core is based on false information. For instance, many people still think that the CCSS were federally imposed on Georgia and other states.

"The federal government did not mandate it, they did not control it, they did not dictate its content," Deal told the news source. "I think there is also a misunderstanding between the Common Core Standards, which simply says these are the things that a student needs to know or be able to do at certain grade levels in their school progress, as opposed to a Common Core curriculum, whereby you dictate what is taught. That is not the case here."

Another CCSS myth is that educators will be told what and how to teach. This is not true. According to the Standards' website, the CCSS establish what students need to learn, but not ways in which instructors can deliver this information.