Governor Deal issued an Executive Order today aimed at calming fears about the Common Core standards. The order says that no educational standards shall be forced on the State by the Federal government and that no personally identifiable student information shall be shared with the Federal government.
The Governor held a press conference to announce the EO and the AJC was there.
“We are concerned about the future of education in the state of Georgia,” Deal said at a Capitol news conference. “Curriculum has been and will remain a local decision.”
Deal sought to clarify that standards are not the same as curriculums, which are decided by individual school boards throughout Georgia.
He was joined by state Superintendent John Barge, who backs the Common Core standards, and Republican legislators on both sides of the issue.
Senator William Ligon issued a statement in response:
“Now it’s up to the Georgia Legislature to pick-up where the Governor left off. The Georgia State Legislature represents the will of the people and they are asking us to pass legislation to withdraw Georgia from the Common Core, the national assessments, and the intrusive tracking of student data.
“Georgia must reassert its constitutional autonomy over education, and I intend to work tirelessly with my colleagues in the General Assembly to move our state towards a more transparent, democratic process of developing statewide curriculum standards.”
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Sen. William Ligon: Op Ed: Educational Accountability Should Be Local, Not Federal