Are you aware of the national program, Common Core, that is beginning to be implemented in your school? It is a program handed down to the states by the federal government. Congress, state legislators and our own local school boards were bypassed. Why? Money! Governors were enticed to sign on by grants and a waiver to get out of "No Child Left Behind." The estimated cost for this program from the Department of Education is $760 million. Outside sources estimate the cost at $1.6 billion.