"[A] single set of academic standards, meant for adoption in multiple states. The standards began as a project of the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers, who hoped to address the fact that academic standards varied widely from state to state, with some states falling behind others."
- Tim Lockette in The Anniston Star
The subject of a letter written by state business leaders to Alabama lawmakers, which reads: "We believe the national movement against Common Core State Standards is based on faulty information and fear, and that the business friendly status and workforce readiness of our state will be significantly damaged if this repeal movement is successful."
- Evan Belanger, al.com
"[A]n inappropriate overreach to standardize and control the education of our children so they will conform to a preconceived 'normal.'
- Republican National Committee resolution
"The Tea Party’s Next Bogeyman"
- Tim Murphy, Mother Jones
"[C]ertainly defines what kids will and will not learn, especially when paired with two sets of national tests."
- Joy Pullman, The Corner
"[P]rovide[s] a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them."
"[A] new level of rigor and perceptual understanding to teaching and learning.”
- Dr. Tommy Bice, Alabama Superintendent of Education
A threat to "family privacy and state sovereignty."
- Eunie Smith, president of Eagle Forum of Alabama