HOT BLAST: Fact-checking Common Core claims
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In some right-wing corners of U.S. politics, opposition to Common Core is a hot commodity. If Agenda 21 or death panels don't get you, Common Core might, say some opponents.

Hard to believe that Common Core, which in Alabama is known as College and Career Ready Standards, was endorsed four years ago by Republican Gov. Bob Riley. Today there's a organized struggle against Common Core and its proponents in Alabama.

Politifact examined some of the claims against Common Core from a Florida organization. It reports:

The goal of Common Core "is not simply to improve academic achievement but also to instill federally determined attitudes and mindsets in students including political and religious beliefs," said an anti-Common Core group.

Their evidence, though, is flimsy at best: A computer model that has a data field for voting status or religion, which would typically be used by a private school. We could find no public schools that kept such data, and Florida Department of Education has no plans to require that they do. That’s a far cry from attempting to instill particular religious or political beliefs.

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