Gov. Brian Kemp is coming for the Common Core standards in GA

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Tuesday, May 21, 2019
News 12 at 6 O’Clock/NBC at 7

AUGUSTA, GA (WRDW/WAGT) – Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp says he wants to get rid of the Common Core education standards.

Kemp says he’s meeting with state Superintendent of Education Richard Woods about how they can end the standards, but it’s too early to tell how classrooms would be affected.

Kelly Moore, a mom of four, took her children out of the public school system because of the standards.

“We had several reasons, but one of the reasons was Common Core,” Moore said.

Moore says her family wasn’t happy with the way teachers were being asked to teach.

“It felt more like a one-size-fits-all education that we just weren’t happy with,” Moore said.

Georgia adopted the national Common Core standards almost 10 years ago in math and language arts. In 2015 they were slightly changed and named the Georgia Standards of Excellence. Kemp is trying to get rid of what remains of the standards with the hopes of “letting teachers teach.”

"I felt like there wasn't room for thinking outside the box and just thinking about things in a different way,” Moore said.

Woods supports Kemp, saying in part:

"I am incredibly encouraged by Governor Kemp's commitment to getting rid of the vestiges of Common Core in Georgia, and ensuring our students have age- and developmentally appropriate, Georgia-owned standards of the very best quality in every subject area,” Woods said.

At this time, it isn't clear if getting rid of Common Core could affect high-stakes testing like the Georgia Milestones in math and language arts.

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