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Panel Confronts the Common Core
Tuesday, 15 October 2013

October 15--  Parents and educators concerned about federal curriculum standards in Georgia schools can learn more about the issue Thursday night in Vidalia.

Tanya Ditty, State Director for a group called "Concerned Women of America," is one of four panel members trying to educate citizens.  She claims the state has sold its sovereignty over education in order to obtain dollars from a federal program called "Race to the Top."

According to Ditty, parents were left out of the discussion when it comes to math standards in our schools.

"Parents have been pushed out of the picture.  If your child is not doing well there's not a thing they can do about the changes in the way math is being taught.  It's all being driven by a national standard which is driving curriculum and there's not a thing local schools can do about it," Ditty says.

State Senator William Ligon from Brunswick has drafted legislation to address the problem and will be on the Vidalia panel.  Others are Jane Robinson from the American Principles Project and Dr. Mary Kay Bacallao, a Mercer University math professor.

Ms. Ditty urges parents to become involved.

"They're going to learn how we got here, why it is not good and what they can do to reverse course in Georgia and make a change," she says.

The meeting is Thursday night at seven o'clock at Southeastern Technical College in Vidalia.

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