W.Va. Backlash Emerging Over Education Standards

By: West Virginia AP
By: West Virginia AP

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- West Virginia is sticking with new math and English standards for public schools, but is also seeing opposition arise from the tea party movement.

The state Board of Education remains on track to phase in what are known as the Common Core State Standards by the 2014-2015 school year. The board voted at its meeting last week to open a 30-day public comment period for some of the policies changed as a result of these emerging standards.

But the board also heard from a delegation led by state Sen. Donna Boley that wants the standards scrapped. Their concerns include a nationalized education system.

So far 45 states have adopted the Common Core standards. But opposition has sprung up throughout them, prompting lawmakers and other officials to target the standards.

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