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Utahns gather at the State Capitol to voice concern over "Common Core"

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 Utah) - You've probably heard of "Common Core," it's a controversial federal mandate for education. Many people in Utah don't like it, and hundreds gathered Wednesday at the State Capitol to voice their concern.
SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 Utah) - You've probably heard of "Common Core," it's a controversial federal mandate for education. Many people in Utah don't like it, and hundreds gathered Wednesday at the State Capitol to voice their concern.  

"It's not state-led, it's misled," said one speaker at the State Capitol. 

Many Utahns aren't happy with the federal eduction plan called "Common Core." 

"It's an educational disaster," said Christel Swasey, parent against Common Core. 

"Education should be locally controlled and under Common Core it's not locally controlled," said Gayle Ruzicka, President of the Utah Eagle Forum. 

Wednesday more than 500 hundred fired up parents and others gathered at the State Capitol to tell Utah lawmakers how they feel about it. 

"It's time Utah led the way instead of following a consortium of states down the path to mediocrity," said another speaker.  

ABC 4 Utah is told the Common Core plan requires schools to follow at least 80% of a national curriculum for Math and language arts like English.  A minority who attended Wednesday's public forum, think it's a good thing. 

"It's a necessary upgrade; It gets us in the writing intensive English classrooms that we need to have," said Steven Harper, English Teacher at Olympus Jr. High School.  

Some state lawmakers who attended are glad they're getting this public feedback.     

"This issue in particular is important to us to understand what their concerns are, what changes they'd like to see, then we as policy makers are responsible to do something about the concerns they have and address those concerns," said Rep. Keith Grover, (R) District 61.   

Those who've helped put the evening together are hoping state lawmakers listen. 

"We want to return that control back to the states and the hands of the people where the parents and the citizens can have a voice in what's best for their children and their students," said Renee Braddy, former educator. 

Some people are of the opinion because this is a federal mandate there isn't much lawmakers  can do about it. But on the other hand attorneys are already drafting legal documents to show the state legislature they have more power than they may realize. 

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