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(Worthy News) - The Common Core education standards continue to cleave the Republican presidential field, with two of the contenders defending them Wednesday as successful ways to raise students' achievement, but others who have now abandoned their support, insisting the standards are a symptom of dangerous federal overreach.
Six Republican presidential candidates — five current or former governors and former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina — attended the forum, hosted by the American Federation for Children and the Seventy Four, another education advocacy group, which gave each candidate more than half an hour to chat about their own education achievements, their plans for the future and their vision of federal involvement.
The candidates all agreed the federal role should be limited, and vowed to do what they could to return money and decision-making to states and localities. Still, they differed on the degree to which the federal Education Department should set and enforce goals. [ Source ]