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Parents' group urges Gov. Deal to opt out of Common Core

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A large group of parents from all over Georgia want the state to get out of Common Core.

When it comes to educating our children, few ideas are more controversial right now, than Common Core. The organization aims to create one group of educational standards, for the entire country.

A group of moms is driving a movement urging Gov. Nathan Deal to opt out of the program.

Robin Rundbaken joined up to 6,000 other Georgia parents and mailed protest postcards opposing Common Core.

"We're taking the parent control out of our children's future, and their children's children's future and putting into the hands of the federal government, where we don't think it should be," Rundbaken said.

Common Core is a group of educational standards that aim to provide a uniform framework for teaching students nationwide.

Georgia, which received federal funding when it joined Common Core, is one of more than 40 states in the program. But moms like Robin worry about the influence of money in Common Core, and the loss of local control in some areas of her children's education.

"We would just ask that Gov. Deal respectfully answer us, listen to us, hear our concerns," Rundbaken said.

For three straight days, FOX 5 has asked Gov. Deal to see the postcards piling up in his office, but a spokesperson told us that they're overextended this week and don't have the time.

State Rep. Alisha Thomas Morgan (D-District 39) is the mother of a first-grader and says she is happy with what she sees.

"They were developed by educators, by experts, by people who know what students should know from a national and international level," Morgan said.

The Democrat from Austell, who is running for state school superintendent, also points out that the Georgia Chamber of Commerce favors Common Core, saying it helps draw new business to the state because employers know Georgia schools will have the same standards as most other states.

"Whether it's the business community, PTA, there are a number of education groups have supported it," Morgan said. "It's because, as we've heard from educators, it's working."

Last year, Gov. Deal ordered a review of the program.

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