ATLANTA (AP) -- Gov. Nathan Deal has ordered an extensive review of national education guidelines known as Common Core standards.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Deal also asked the State Board of Education to "un-adopt" part of the program that includes sample English test selections that some parents object to.
Deal also asked the board to develop a new social studies curriculum that emphasizes, among other things, civic and fiscal responsibility. The governor also urged members to come up with a model reading list for school boards across Georgia.
The Atlanta newspaper reports that Deal's order signals his declining support for Common Core. Even though the Common Core standards were developed by the governors and state school board chiefs across the country, many see the standards as a form of federal intrusion on state school operations. The voluntary set of reading and math standards has become a divisive issue in Georgia politics.