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Corbett facing questions in Pa. House over education review

This article was originally published in The Notebook. In August 2020, The Notebook became Chalkbeat Philadelphia.

Pennsylvania House lawmakers plan hearings to grill the Corbett administration on its plan to review state academic standards that implemented last March.

Gov. Corbett recently called for a review of the Pennsylvania Core Standards, so named because they blend national benchmarks called Common Core and objectives designed by commonwealth officials.

The confusion over education standards all goes back to their name, said State Rep. Seth Grove, R-York.

"When the administration decided to keep Common Core in the name of the academic standards they were moving forward with, it confused a lot of people because they assumed that the administration was adopting Common Core and not moving away from it," Grove said.

Critics have said Corbett is pandering to conservative groups suspicious that the national Common Core standards displace local control over schools.

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