Georgia’s Common Core academic standards recently flared up as a campaign issue after raising little heat in this year’s campaigns.

The state Superintendent of Education race between Republican Richard Woods and Democrat Valarie Wilson received a jolt last week from an Atlanta Journal-Constitution report that said the state’s teachers find Common Core effectively worded, going against critics’ contention that the standards are confusingly written.

According to the AJC, the Common Core wording received support ranging from 79.1 percent of analytic geometry teachers to 93.5 percent of first grade English/language arts teachers. The Middle Georgia Regional Educational Service Agency conducted the survey last spring for the Georgia Department of Education as part of a Common Core review ordered by Gov. Nathan Deal.

Woods, who’s based his campaign on Common Core opposition, disputed the findings, saying that he has heard Common Core concerns from teachers across the state. The survey was also questioned by Tanya Ditty, state director of the conservative  Concerned Women for America, the AJC said.

Meanwhile, Lillian Govus, a Wilson spokeswoman, said Wilson’s campaign has heard many teachers say “we need to stay the course with the standards,” the AJC reported. Wilson strongly supports Common Core.

Common Core has not risen as an issue in the governor’s race between Deal and Democratic challenger Jason Carter. In a recent appearance with Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, Deal said he plans to monitor Jindal’s anti-Common Core lawsuit against the federal government.

One reason that Common Core has drawn little attention is that many Georgians apparently remain uninformed about the standards. Those who do know about the standards strongly oppose them, a recent poll showed. 

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