Poll: Most Georgians support Common Core

More than half of Georgians support the Common Core education standards, according to a poll released Tuesday.

Fifty-five percent of respondents say they strongly support or somewhat support the standards, the Leadership Conference Education Fund poll found. Thirty-five percent said they are strongly against it or somewhat against it. The remaining 10 percent said they were unsure how they feel about Common Core.

The poll of 500 Georgians was condcuted in October.

Georgia and 44 other states adopted a set of standards called Common Core in English, math, science and other subjects in 2010 and 2011 in an effort to prepare students for success in college and the workplace. Many conservatives in Georgia and other states have criticized the standards as a federal intrusion into education. Some states, like Oklahoma and South Carolina, have signed laws opting out of the standards.

Despite the debate about Common Core, one in five Georgians polled said they had never heard of it and 18 percent said their child’s school does not use the standards.

Seventy-one percent of Georgians polled said they agree all states should have the same standards at each grade level in math and English.

The Leadership Conference started in 1950 and describes its mission as supporting civil and human rights for all Americans.

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