AP Interview: Perdue, Kingston talk Common Core

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Updated: 7/07 5:59 am

ATLANTA (AP) — Republican Senate candidates Jack Kingston and David Perdue both say they oppose the Common Core academic standards and believe more local control over education is needed.

The Associated Press recently interviewed the two ahead of the July 22 runoff. The winner will face Democrat Michelle Nunn in November.

The Common Core academic standards were largely developed by states but have prompted concerns of federal intrusion after the Obama administration encouraged their adoption through a federal grant program.

Kingston says he believes there's a "real competitive market mechanism" that provides an incentive for states that want to lure businesses to have good school systems. Perdue says Common Core will not solve the nation's problems and is just a distraction from a discussion on how to improve education.


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