Common Core allies fight back to keep education standard
Conservative groups opposing the standards and the testing that goes with them have held the spotlight in recent weeks. A forum recently hosted by Common Core opponents at St. Anselm College drew a standing-room-only crowd, and a large turnout before the Manchester Board of Education last week cheered the decision by the state’s largest city to reject the standards.
Although the Board of Education adopted the standards in 2010, and many districts in the state are well along the path toward implementation, the issue was not grabbing headlines in the state until recently.
The Business and Industry Association, the statewide chamber of commerce, decided to enter the fray on Oct. 16, when the association announced that its board of directors had voted unanimously to support what they called “the more rigorous educational standards.”
“A robust advanced manufacturing and high-technology sector is critical to New Hampshire’s future economic success,” said Roche. “BIA believes the Common Core is an important part of ensuring our future workforce has the education and skills necessary to fill these high-paying, challenging jobs.”
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