The Common Core educational standards seek to raise the bar for student learning, but are not without their critics.
The standards, adopted by the N.H. State Board of Education in 2010, aim to provide a clear and consistent educational framework to prepare children for college and the work force. They define the knowledge and skills students should obtain from their education in grades K-12 in order to succeed in entry-level college courses and work force training programs.
Their purpose is to establish a single set of clear expectations for English language arts/literacy and mathematics across the nation. New Hampshire is one of 45 states to adopt the Common Core.
In Maine, two groups are pushing for a statewide vote to repeal the standards, in what is believed to be first such effort in the country. Opponents like the Maine Equal Rights Center and No Common Core Maine argue the standards take control out of the hands of local school boards and will ultimately give that control to the federal government.