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Opposition to the Common Core State Standards still exists
THURSDAY, MAY 17, 2012 17:06 PM

The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) exist to ensure that students are prepared to enter college or the workforce following high school. Despite the fact that states across the country have embraced the education initiative, there are still those who are opposed to the new Standards.

For instance, South Carolina Senator Mike Fair recently attempted to block the implementation of the CCSS, The Associated Press reported. His efforts were halted by the state Senate and his measure is now stuck in the committee process, as opposed to being a part of the 2012-2013 budget.

However, if Fair had been successful, state education agencies would not have been able to spend any money on efforts related to Common Core preparation, including teacher training and new, CCSS-aligned textbooks.

Despite Fair’s efforts, there are education officials in South Carolina, and other states, that believe in the power of the CCSS.

Barbara Dzwonek, an elementary school English coach in California, told USA Today that the CCSS are a step in the right direction. Meanwhile, David Riesenfeld, a history teacher at Robert F. Wagner Jr. Secondary School for Art and Technology in New York, said the Standards have helped his students learn how to use materials, rather than just memorize the answers to questions.