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Gov. Deal orders review of education guidelines

Georgia governor Nathan Deal
Posted at 6:17 AM, Aug 22, 2013
and last updated 2013-08-22 02:23:36-04

      ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has ordered an extensive review of national education guidelines known as Common Core standards.

      The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports (http://bit.ly/184rm8Z) that 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.

      Deal also asked the board to develop a new social studies curriculum that emphasizes, among other things, civic and fiscal responsibility. The governor also urged members to come up with a model reading list for school boards across Georgia.

      The Atlanta newspaper reports that Deal's order signals his declining support for Common Core amid criticism that the guidelines are a federal takeover of education policy. The voluntary set of reading and math standards has become a divisive issue in Georgia politics.