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Common Core battle heats up
An effort by a coastal legislator to get Georgia to abandon the national Common Core Curriculum is drawing resistance from the business community.

On the same day state Sen. William Ligon, R-St. Simons Island, was leading a rally against the national curriculum adopted voluntarily by 45 states on the Capitol steps in Atlanta, leaders of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce announced plans Tuesday to form a coalition to support it.

Members of the Georgia Chamber and the Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education said they will unveil the creation of a coalition in support of keeping the Common Core standards Wednesday in Atlanta.

Ligon said there were plenty of supporters for withdrawing Georgia at the rally.

"It went really well," he said, estimating a crowd of between 150 and 200 people. "Many people voiced their concerns, and we were also able to talk about the bills - Senate bills 167 and 203 - with a goal to have high-quality standards in the state of Georgia and give us the right to determine those standards."

Ligon's bills would remove Georgia from the Common Core Curriculum and establish a process within the state to create its own standards via review committees which would involve parents, teachers, curriculum experts and state university representatives.

Ligon said he and others have been working with the governor's office to reach a consensus on the language of the two bills.

"I believe we have basically agreed to the concept and are just working on some final details," Ligon said.

Ligon said he hopes the measures will receive hearings next week in the Senate Education Committee.

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