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IMMEDIATE RELEASE: AFP-GA Applauds Governor Deal On Pulling GA From Common Core Testing

July 22, 2013

ATLANTA – Americans For Prosperity Georgia, the state’s largest grassroots organization promoting economic freedom, applauds Governor Nathan Deal on his decision to pull Georgia from the testing associated with Common Core curriculum standards. We agree with the Governor and Superintendent John Barge that the cost – as high as $27 million – is higher than the state’s entire testing budget and, therefore, unworkable and that it hurts Georgia’s flexibility in determining its own curriculum.

AFP Georgia State Director Virginia Galloway shares, “Spending more on testing is not financially responsible to the taxpayers of Georgia. Furthermore, we maintain that the Common Core program will reduce Georgia’s authority in curriculum decisions and represents a loss of state sovereignty over the very important area of k-12 education. The Governor’s decision represents a positive move. AFP-GA still maintains its opposition to common core as a top down program wresting control away from local school boards.”

For interviews please call Virginia Galloway 770-315-4304 or email vgalloway@afphq.org.

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