We’ve got the first sign that the Republican race for U.S. Senate might prove to be a little uncomfortable for Gov. Nathan Deal.
In a session with Tim Bryant and Martha Zoller on WGAU (1340AM) in Athens this morning, former secretary of state Karen Handel – Deal’s rival in a 2010 GOP runoff and now a candidate for U.S. Senate – took issue with the governor’s stance on Common Core education standards.
“I do not support Common Core. There’s a very big difference in saying we want to have our children in this country to have a good level of education versus having federal intrusion in how that education occurs.
“So I trust the teachers of Georgia and the education department here in Georgia – with the input of the governor and the Legislature and the teachers on the ground, to make the right decisions for curriculum for children in our state.”
Bryant asked, where is the intrusion in common core? Replied Handel:
“Very much having a mandate down on to the states around what we’re going to do and how we’re going to do it. When it comes to the curriculum, let’s keep it as close to local as we can. …”