Common Core Controversy: Parents Opt For Homeschooling Route

Homeschoolers and the Common Core: who’s side are you on? Is there a side to be on, or is it the same argument?

WHNT.com

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala.(WHNT)-Some parents are deciding to pull their children out of area public schools as debate over the controversial Common Core program continues to heat up.

The small but growing number of north Alabama families who are making the decision to homeschool their children comes as state lawmakers prepare to debate a bill that would allow Alabama school systems to opt-out of Common Core (http://whnt.com/2014/03/05/bill-in-works-that-would-allow-common-core-opt-out-for-schools/). Several parents have expressed their intention to withdraw their children from school on WHNT News 19’s social media sites in recent weeks, with one Muscle Shoals woman planning to make the move official on Friday.

“It [Common Core] has caused chaos in our house, and it’s not worth it,” said Lori Peden, who will formally withdraw two of her children from McBride Elementary in Muscle Shoals on Friday. “It’s a huge change at once.”

Peden is already homeschooling her 9-year-old son Jake…

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