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Published: Monday, March 24 2014 12:00 a.m. MDT

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The Hammer
lehi, utah

Owen, The movement to get out of NCLB was started far before states signed on CC. The truth is most states were desperate not to lose federal money due to poor test scores. States which worked with the NGO which created the idea of similar core standards, begin writing core standards under the impression they would be able to have their own curricula. Utah Core was developed from that and we begin developing our own curricula. In 2011, The Dept of Ed issued the waivers and most governors or state school boards accepted them without legislative approval. But the waiver had strings attached to it and part of it was accepting the approved core curriculum that Dept of Ed blessed. Again, you can play word games and call that curriculum anything you want to, but it doesn't change the fact that it was developed to support the CC standards and the states were weaseled into accepting that to get out of NCLB.

The opposition to the NGOs idea didn't start until 2011 because that is when well informed educators and other advocates who support local education realized it would destroy their ability to effect change in their local communities.

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