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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- State Superintendent Dr. June Atkinson is fighting back against a proposal to eliminate the Common Core State Standards Initiative, saying it works and means stability for students and teachers.

Those standards are challenging. They will prepare our students better for college, universities and the workplace, Atkinson said Friday while visiting J.V. Washam Elementary School in Cornelius.

Shawntavia Wilson's kids struggle in are the same subjects tackled by Common Core.

My kids do have problems in the field of reading and math, she said.

It s a similar situation for Kala and Keith Jefferson's kids.

Ours seem to struggle a little bit as far as math is concerned. I think there should be a better way of teaching it, Kala said.

Because my kids come home talking about they don't know how to write their names in cursive, Keith said.

They think Common Core needs tweaking as long as it doesn't lower performance.

Eliminating Common Core isn't what teacher Rebekah Lonon prefers.

It was different, Lonon said, referring to training for Common Core.

Lonon says it is working and the proof is in her second grade classroom at Washam Elementary.

I feel that what I'm asking my students to do is to think deeper, but also about their reasoning and why they are making decisions, Lonon said. Academically, I'm also seeing tremendous growth because I'm challenging them.

Teachers have been focusing on Common Core standards for two years.

Some state lawmakers want to eliminate it and replace it with standards set by the State Board of Education with one idea being more local input.

By even talking about changing those standards now, it puts another burden, another set of frustrations on the teachers who worked so hard to learn about the standards and develop lesson plans, Atkinson said.

Parents say pick one and stick with it, but more than that, make it work.

Just needs to get better in what they are doing, Wilson said.

Atkinson says the push to replace Common Core is more politics than education and believes some people who oppose it haven t read it.

State curriculum runs under a five-year cycle but can be tweaked.

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