Common Core opponents protest vote

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Demonstrators who consider the Common Core academic standards an example of federal overreach were disappointed Friday by a Utah state school board decision.

More than 50 parents protested outside State Office of Education on Friday. They said a school board vote to opt out of the No Child Left Behind law binds Utah educators more closely to the federal government.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports state education leaders contend Friday’s vote does not bind the state to Common Core. Supports say opting out of No Child Left Behind allows schools to direct money to help struggling students.

Common Core standards outline concepts students should learn in each grade. Though they were not written or mandated by the federal government, it does encourage their use.

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