Georgia Moves to Exit Top-Down “Common Core” Education Standards

Jun 25, 2013 by

Unanimously Passes Resolution to Defend Citizen Control of Education

Washington, D.C. – Today, American Principles in Action (APIA) applauded the Georgia Republican State Committee which on Saturday unanimously passed a resolution calling on the state to exit the Common Core national standards and testing program. The resolution further calls on the state to protect private student and family information.

 

“This was a huge victory for grassroots conservatives to speak with one unified voice,” remarked state Senator William Ligon, who leads the legislative battle to reclaim the state’s control over education. “The members of the State Committee of the Georgia Republican Party should be commended for taking a firm stand against all efforts to nationalize educational standards and testing. Georgia’s citizens want and deserve full control over their educational system. This vote will help pave the way to return to the people their constitutional authority over all educational policy in this state.”

 

“This vote reflects Georgia’s growing, mom-led movement to pushback against the special-interest and federal efforts to centralize education decision-making,” said Jane Robbins, a resident of Stone Mountain, Georgia, and a senior fellow at American Principles in Action. “The loss of parental influence and state control over the upbringing of children alarms parents. This is a keystone issue. Parents will not stop fighting on this issue, and they will battle to victory.”

 

The Common Core standards were developed and are owned by private associations. In order to qualify for 2009 stimulus money, the federal Department of Education required states to commit to the standards and to standardized tests aligned with the standards before they were developed. Through the same program it also required states to commit to the collection of massive amounts of student and family data.

 

American Principles in Action is a 501 c(4) advocacy group associated with American Principles Project, a 501 c (3) nonprofit dedicated to returning the United States to its founding principles.

For more information, please contact Jameson Cunningham with Shirley & Banister Public Affairs at jcunningham@sbpublicaffairs.com or (703) 739-5920.

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