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Opponents of Common Core speak out against new standards

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As kids begin another school year, many of them will be learning math and language arts in a whole new way.

It's part of the new common core standards schools are beginning to implement to meet national requirements by next year.

But Thursday, opponents of the plan shed light on hidden dangers.

All schools in the tri-states are starting to implement common core standards, something Quincy schools began doing last year.

But Thursday night, two members of the Missouri Coalition Against Common core spoke out about the new standards, warning taxpayers of hidden costs and loss of local control that could damage school districts.

In a public meeting dubbed "Confronting Common Core" Gretchen Logue and Anne Gassel, members of the Missouri Coalition Against Common Core, spoke to a large crowd at Quincy's Kroc Center, about what they see as a downside to the new standards.

Logue says she would prefer to see states have more control to use curriculums they feel are best suited for children -- rather than one that meets a "common" standard, and can't be individualized.

"Regardless if the curriculum and the standards are ok or not, your local school district and your state can not modify or change them in any way, they are copyrighted," said Logue.

But Logue and Gassel fear the most misunderstood part of common core is the hidden cost for school districts and taxpayers.

"You have to have certain kind of computers, you have to have a certain number of computers, you have to have the right broadband width, this was not built into school budgets, so the school boards are going to have a rude awakening when they realize they're going to have to pay a million dollars for broadband width for just one school, where's that going to come from?" Logue said.

Quincy School Board Member Jeff Mays attended tonight's presentation, he says while hearing the opposition's side is always constructive, he feels the new standards are an upgrade from what's been used in the past.

"Regardless of standards, under the old ones, Quincy's not doing well enough. when you look at the standards that these standards have replaced, if not these, do we go back to those? I would not think so," said Mays.

And as far as the hidden cost aspect, Mays says the district would have had to upgrade technology regardless of the standards, because that's just the way education is heading.

 

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