Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has ordered an extensive review of national education guidelines known as Common Core standards. Deal also asked the State Board of Education to "un-adopt" part of the program that includes sample English test selections that some parents object to.
National tests being created for the Common Core educational standards could cost Georgia more than its current budget of $25 million for all types of assessments. A spokeswoman for Gov. Nathan Deal, says he is exploring options because of concerns about the cost of the assessments.
The Cobb County school board has delayed a vote on whether to overturn its decision not to purchase math textbooks aligned with national standards. Board Chairman Randy Scamihorn said he wants to give board members more time to study their options. A vote was initially scheduled for Thursday.
Leaders of Georgia's Republican Party have voted to press state officials to withdraw from a national program that creates a basic set of educational standards. Party leaders voted unanimously this weekend to ask that the state withdraw from Common Core — an initiative aimed at creating basic reading, math and language arts requirements.