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Clearing Georgians' Confusion On The Common Core

This article is one in a series on the National Week of Action for Public Education. Please click here for more.

If you've never heard of the Common Core State Standards, count yourself among 2 in 3 Americans, including the majority of parents with children in public schools. That's one of the results of a recent poll on Americans' attitude toward public education, which also found that the majority of those who've heard of the Common Core felt they were only "somewhat knowledgeable" about the standards.

Georgia, which adopted Common Core in 2010, is no stranger to the puzzlement. To clear up Georgians' confusion over the standards, Georgia House Minority Chairman Virgil Fludd (D- Tyrone) and State Representative Dar’shun Kendrick (D-Lithonia) recently held town hall meetings in their respective house districts as part of Progressive State Action’s National Week of Action for Public Education. Georgia Minority Whip Carolyn Hugley (D-Columbus) and Senator Nan Orrock (D- Atlanta), who also serves on the PSN Board, spearheaded these efforts in Georgia.

Among the panelists were members of local school boards and education organizations, who were on hand to explain the Common Core Curriculum and recommendations on preparing for it. Underscoring the level of confusion, many parents were shocked when they found out Common Core was a state responsibility and not a federal takeover. As Rep. Kendrick noted, "There were parents who admitted to not knowing very much about Common Core in general," making it all the important for elected leaders in the state to prioritize "keeping families and educators in the know." It's a top priority for the Georgia legislators going forward, especially as implementation moves forward in the state.