State Representative Curt Webb, R-District 5, said he is a supporter of the Common Core state standards which he said lay out a description of what students should know and the skills they must acquire at each K-12 grade level to stay on course toward college or the workforce.
On KVNU’s Crosstalk program, Webb said Common Core is not a federal program as many people believe but instead it was created by state governors.
“Our kids are mobile. We move all over the place,” Webb said. “When kids move somewhere else or they move from somewhere else to here, is there something common, a common thread in the education? And then we need to be able to measure.
“There’s nothing sacred about the Common Core itself, it’s not a sacred cow. But the concept is, I’m thinking, probably needed.”
Webb said unfortunately a recent poll by Utah Policy shows that only about one-third of the respondents know what Common Core is. Webb is running for re-election as a Republican in District 5 and his Democratic challenger is Jeff Thurley. Turley also supports Common Core and would like to see more money go to education