Utah governor drops Common Core support, calls for repeal

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Republican Gov. Gary Herbert is asking the state school board to repeal Utah’s adoption of the Common Core education standards after his re-election challenger made it a key campaign issue.

Herbert said in a letter to Utah’s State Board of Education Wednesday night that he instead wants the board to create unique Utah standards.

His GOP opponent Jonathan Johnson says Common Core puts schools in a one-size-fits-all program that he’d roll back if elected.

Utah adopted the standards in 2010. Herbert has defended them in the past, saying they worked well and Utah was getting good results.

A message left with Herbert’s spokesman Jon Cox was not immediately returned Wednesday.

The standards were developed by a bipartisan group of governors and state school officials and promoted by President Barack Obama’s administration. Critics say they’re an inappropriate federal overreach.

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