Because states set their own prices for the GED, tight budgets could drive up the price of that exam.

Calls for common or shared curriculum for the common standards have prompted a bit of controversy about "national," "mandated," and "imposed" curriculum.

U.S. Senator Patty Murray reintroduces a comprehensive literacy bill.

The White House hosts a poetry workshop and reading.

A group led by critics of the common standards sparks debate around the blogosphere by attacking common curriculum and tests.

Conservatives issue a manifesto arguing against a shared curriculum for the common standards.

A leader of a group working on common assessments joins the U.S. Department of Education.

South Carolina and Minnesota are considering bills to nullify or ward off adoption of the common standards.

"This is an educational solution that has been hiding in plain sight," the executive director of the report says of arts education.

New Hampshire is weighing a measure to require the legislature's approval of academic standards.

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