Common Core foes rally at Utah Capitol
Published: February 19, 2014 07:41AM
Updated: February 19, 2014 07:39AM
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Leah Hogsten | The Salt Lake Tribune Siri Davidson, whose children attend schools in the Nebo School District made her own signs with hundreds of other "Utahns Against Common Core" rallied at the Utah Capitol, Tuesday, February 18, 2014 to send a message to Utah Legislators to either stand up against common core or prepare to be voted out of office. The non-partisan coalition of Utahns believes Common Core as a system that treats Utahís children like political and corporate resources rather than as individuals born with unique talents and needs.

Utahns Against Common Core held a rally at the Utah Capitol on Tuesday evening as a kickoff to their efforts to expose the standards “as a system that treats Utah’s children like political and corporate resources rather than as individuals born with unique talents and needs,” according to a statement from the group.

The Common Core State Standards are math and language arts standards adopted by Utah and most other states. They outline the skills students should learn in each grade to be ready for college and careers, but don’t provide curriculum.

The Utah state school board voted to adopt the standards in 2010 and they guide instruction in Utah schools. They were created as part of a states-led initiative.

Critics feel they are a product of federal interference in Utah schools and worry they won’t lead to a high quality education for Utah children.