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What is 'common core' and how will it affect LA schools?




A student on his way to school walks past a Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) school, in Los Angeles, California on Feb. 13, 2009.
A student on his way to school walks past a Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) school, in Los Angeles, California on Feb. 13, 2009.
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Students in L.A. Unified have been back in school for just over a week now, and they're probably starting to see some changes in the classroom as schools implement new curriculum standards.

Forty-five states, including California, have adopted new education guidelines known as Common Core. But a recent poll by Phi Delta Kappa/Gallup shows that most Americans aren't familiar with these new standards.

KPCC's education editor Evelyn Larrubia joins the show for a primer on what Common Core is and how it affects L.A. schools.