Tue., July 6, 2010 7:59am (EDT)

Education Standards Get Vote
By Associated Press
Updated: 4 years ago

ATLANTA  —  
Georgia is expected to adopt a set of national education benchmarks under the Common Core Standards. (Photo Courtesy of: Stockvault)
Georgia is expected to adopt a set of national education benchmarks under the Common Core Standards. (Photo Courtesy of: Stockvault)
A set of national education standards is expected to be voted-on and adopted by the state’s Board of Education Thursday morning. If approved, Georgia would join 20 other states in signing-on to the Common Core State Standards.

They detail what students should be learning in each grade, and what they should know by the time they graduate high school.

Critics worry the standards will essentially ‘nationalize’ public schools…instead of letting individual states decide what’s best

The Board today will also take a vote on a measure that would ban Georgia schools putting students in solitary confinement. The ban if approved would also limit the use of restraint to calm misbehaving students in the classroom.

The new rule marks the first time the state has addressed the controversial practices, which can lead to injuries in teachers and students and, in some cases, death.

The state has been working for two years to draft policy on the disciplinary tactics.

The Common Core Standards were produced by the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers.