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Secretary of Education seeks CCSS support from business leaders

THURSDAY, APRIL 18, 2013 11:40 AM

Even though states that adopted the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are currently in the process of implementing them, the opposition to the CCSS is growing. The Republican National Committee recently voted to take on the Common Core, and had its first victory against the Standards in Alabama where a repeal has been approved.

This move, understandably, has been cause for alarm among proponents of the CCSS, such as U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. At the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's recent Upgrade America event, Duncan urged business leaders to increase their support for the Common Core, Education Week reported.

Duncan, along with the Obama Administration, has been a supporter of the CCSS and its potential to improve the American education sector since their inception in 2010.

"These Standards will help teachers, students and parents know what is needed for students to succeed in college and careers, and will enable states, school districts and teachers to more effectively collaborate to accelerate learning and close achievement gaps nationwide," Duncan said in a June 2, 2010 statement.