Common Core debate fires up crowd
She accused them of attempting to deny local control to school districts that have been putting the standards in place for the past four years. “Asking for laws that prevent implementation flies in the face of local control,” she said.
The large hearing room in the Legislative Office Building was filled, with some of the 60 to 70 people lining the walls, as speakers took turns deriding or supporting two bills.
Speakers focused on the technical arguments for and against the standards, and the concerns about protecting the privacy of students who take the tests.
Supporters argued that the standards were well-vetted and supported by the majority of professional organizations representing teachers and school boards in the country.
Representatives of the Business and Industry Association and the New Hampshire Coalition for Business and Education spoke in support of the standards, as did all of the school superintendents who testified.
State Rep. Lenette Peterson, R-Merrimack, gave an example of how a math question would be handled by Common Core: Mrs. Jones had 18 students and she wanted each of them to become a number so that the room would equal 90.
State Rep. Chris Muns, D-Hampton, who also serves as chairman of the Winnacunnet School Board, testified that the new standards are needed to keep America competitive in the global economy.
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