Opposition grows as national education standards approach
Erika Russell, a mother of four from Maine, had no intention of embroiling herself in the fight over Common Core.
As she put it, “I sent my kids to public school, so I wouldn't have to worry about what they’re learning.”
Then her then-9-year-old, second-grade daughter returned home from school one day in January of 2012 with a frown.
“She asked me, ‘Mom, Can you home school me?’ I said, ‘What about your friends?’ and she just told me she would see them at sports. Then, I knew something was wrong and I should start looking into this.”
Over the next 18 months, the 36-year-old Russell, who resides in Sidney in the central part of the state, helped found “No Common Core Maine,” a coalition of concerned parents, educators and activists– and one of a growing number of organizations nationwide who have made it their mission to stop Common Core's implementation.