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Ga. Board of Education to hold Common Core hearing in Douglasville on Tuesday

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DOUGLASVILLE, Georgia — Georgia's Common Core academic standards will be the subject of an upcoming hearing of the state Board of Education.

Board members will meet Tuesday evening in Douglasville. Public comments are welcome.

The Board of Education has been reviewing the standards at the request of Gov. Nathan Deal. The standards create basic requirements for math and English language arts and have been under fire from conservative and tea party groups who say they amount to federal intrusion and usurp local control.

Although the federal government hasn't been involved in creating the standards, it has encouraged states to adopt them through its Race to the Top grant program.

State lawmakers are also studying the standards ahead of next year's legislative session.

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