Opponents ask Ark. to drop new school standards

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Opponents are asking Arkansas to drop out of a set of uniform benchmarks for reading, writing and math, claiming the new standards take away the state's control of its educational choices.

Arkansas lawmakers on Monday opened two days of hearings on the new Common Core standards that Arkansas has adopted. The standards have been adopted by 45 states and the District of Columbia. Supporters say the standards will better prepare students for college.

Several critics of the effort, however, told lawmakers that they believe the standards takes away the state's ability to determine what is best for its students.

The House and Senate education committees planned to continue hearing testimony about the standards on Tuesday.

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