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Common core meeting held in Mississippi

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JACKSON, Miss. (KNOE 8 News/AP) - The state Department of Education is holding public meetings to tell people about new academic standards that Mississippi and most other states are starting to put in place.

Lynn House, the interim state superintendent of education, spoke Monday night in Jackson and Tuesday night in Oxford.

Mississippi, 44 other states and the District of Columbia have adopted Common Core standards. Supporters say they're designed to better prepare American students for college and careers.

Opponents include tea party members and other small-government conservatives. They question whether the standards are needed and how they will be applied in Mississippi.

House says Common Core standards are national, but they were not created by the federal government. Rather, the ideas came from groups such as the National Governors Association.

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