As summer vacations begin, Common Core curriculum review heats up

Somestates are pushing back against uniform benchmarks for reading, writing andmath that have been fully adopted in most states and are being widely put inplace this school year.

The newCommon Core standards replace a hodgepodge of educational goals that had variedfrom state to state. The federal government was not involved in the state-ledeffort to develop them but has encouraged the project.

Proponentssay the new standards will better prepare students. Critics worry they'llestablish a national curriculum for public schools rather than letting statesdecide what is best for their students.

There waslittle dissent when the standards were widely adopted in 2010. But now lawmakersand governors are reviewing the standards in Kansas, Missouri, Michigan,Pennsylvania, Georgia, Indiana, Alabama, South Carolina and Utah.