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The Common Core Comes To Concord

New Hampshire lawmakers are going to learn more about the Common Core State Standards Tuesday. A forum on the education reform comes as the educational standards have increasingly become a flash point for local education activists.

Lawmakers will hear about the standards from nationally recognized experts, as well as educators from local New Hampshire schools. “Our hope in planning this is that legislators will finish the day with enough facts and information to articulate to their constituents information about the common Core state Standards,” said Democrat Mary Stuart Gile, chair of the House Education Committee, adding, “whether or not they approve of them or disapprove of them.”

State level officials increasingly say local school districts can opt to modify the standards as they see fit. The Common Core has faced push back in a few communities, and conservative lawmakers have filed a number of bills seeking to delay or stop their implementation in New Hampshire.

Sam Evans-Brown has been working for New Hampshire Public Radio since 2010, when he began as a freelancer. He shifted gears in 2016 and began producing Outside/In, a podcast and radio show about “the natural world and how we use it.” His work has won him several awards, including two regional Edward R. Murrow awards, one national Murrow, and the Overseas Press Club of America's award for best environmental reporting in any medium. He studied Politics and Spanish at Bates College, and before reporting was variously employed as a Spanish teacher, farmer, bicycle mechanic, ski coach, research assistant, a wilderness trip leader and a technical supporter.

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