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Tue., Jan. 21, 2014, 1:41 p.m.

Idaho Teachers Back Common Core

A solid majority of teachers support the new Idaho Core Standards, according to a survey commissioned by a conservative group opposing the standards. In a survey of 402 teachers in December, conducted by the Idaho Freedom Foundation, 59 percent of teachers had a favorable or very favorable impression of the new math and English language arts standards. Only 31 percent of teachers opposed the standards. The Freedom Foundation’s executive director, Wayne Hoffman, has said the state should step away from Common Core — dismissing it, in one recent column, as “the latest national education fad.” On Tuesday, he labeled Common Core as education’s “latest, bright shiny object,” and said the survey results would not cause his group to rethink its position on Common Core/Kevin Richert, The EDge, IdahoED News. More here.

Question: Are you surprised that Idaho teachers would support something that the Idaho Freedom Foundation considers to be "the latest national education fad"?




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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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