Meridian, Miss. Mississippi's new Common Core State Standards have plenty of supporters, but a growing number of parents, educators and politicians are speaking out against the federal college and career readiness curriculum. Monday night, a state senator, political activist and concerned parents and teachers came to Meridian's 15th Avenue Baptist Church, to do, what they say is "Expose the Common Core." Although 44 other states have adopted the curriculum, the concerned citizens point out that about 20 states have either withdrawn or are reconsidering their committment. Rita Anderson from the Central Mississippi Tea Party spoke to the group as well as State Senator Angela Hill. Some say they are concerned the federal government imposed the curriculum with very little preparation. "The local ad valorem taxes will be supporting training," said Senator Hill. "There's a huge technology requirement for common core to have computer access for the students and broadband capabilities beyond what many schools in Mississippi currently have." She explained, "So that cost will be born by the taxpayers somewhere. Whether it's on the local level or the state level, somebody's gotta pay for this." Meanwhile, local teacher and parent Keri Wright says Common Core teaches our children "what" to think, instead of "how" to think. "I believe that we should still have state control of what our children in Mississippi should learn because we know our children best," Wright said. "You know, not other states or the federal government."
Mississippi adopted common core standards in 2010, and started implementing them last year.