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Wed., April 17, 2013, 8:41 a.m.

Cyber Petition Targets Common Core

Concern over an educational effort known as Common Core has gained momentum lately, and now a petition is circulating opposing it. Among opponents' concerns: Fear of "nationalization" of Idaho education, involvement of federal dollars, and the sharing of personal student data. The goal of Common Core is to elevate and align education benchmarks nationwide, providing clear educational standards in English language arts and math for kindergarten-to-12th-grade students. Duncan Koler (pictured earlier this month speaking to local GOP women), an activist who worked long and hard to rid Coeur d'Alene schools of IB, the International Baccalaureate Organization's education programs, didn't sponsor the petition. But he has signed it. His primary concern with Common Core is what he sees as a loss of local control of education/David Cole, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: Are you concerned re: the Common Core movement? Do you even know what it is?

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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