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How a Missouri Ruling Might Steer Common Core Across The U.S.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Opponents of Common Core have another tool to chip away at the embattled national education standards: a recent Missouri court ruling said the state’s membership in a group that creates the curriculum’s tests is unlawful.

Lawmakers in Missouri and North Dakota are using a central Missouri county’s circuit court ruling, which was issued last month and likely will be appealed, to push back. Already, a House budget committee in Missouri stripped $4.5 million in the state’s budget proposal for membership in the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, one of two groups that create Common Core tests.