Critics of Common Core education standards told Missouri House Interim Education Committee members Tuesday the guidelines lack rigor, are one-size-fits-all and allow the government to collect too much individual student information. About 45 people attended the "listening meeting" at the Shuck Recital Hall at Southeast Missouri State University. About 18 committee members attended the hearing, led by Rep. Steve Cookson, R-Poplar Bluff. Teacher evaluations, early childhood education, school-board training and teacher tenure were discussed. But Common Core drew the most public comment. Three representatives from the Center for Self Governance and two parents said Common Core is another federal government layer that steers students toward community colleges instead of four-year institutions. But local school officials said they already have started implementing the guidelines and that it's a positive initiative.
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