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Top teachers come supporting common core

By Associated Press
Published On: Oct 04 2013 04:28:02 PM MDT
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HELENA, Mont. -

A group of past winners of the teacher of the year award are coming out in support of the new Common Core education standards.
    
Most schools in Montana are implementing the standards this year. The Board of Education decided two years ago to join most other states in embracing them.
    
A statement released Friday by 21 past Montana teachers of the year voiced support for the program.
    
The supporters say the standards clearly explain what is expected of students at each grade level, and the curriculum teaches critical thinking over memorization.
    
Some opponents argue the nationally-developed standards trample on local control of schools.
    
The state has asked the federal government for permission to test based on Common Core standards, rather than on the "No Child Left Behind" law.