Fight to keep the Common Core from being implemented in schools

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Monday, October 7, 2013

Robert Small, the Howard County parent whose name became known from Maine to California when he protested new nationwide education standards, is part of a chorus of increasingly strident voices rising up against the initiative — from both ends of the political spectrum.

The far right believes standards known as the Common Core will mean federal control of schools and a chance for the government to collect reams of information about every child, perhaps even fingerprinting them.

Joining them from the far left are a group of parents and education advocates who are opposed to standardized testing in schools. They believe big business and powerful nonprofits such as he Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation are driving education reform through large grants, and they want to stop those efforts.

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