When state Education Commissioner Mitchell Chester drove up to the Parker School in New Bedford Thursday morning, he was greeted by Michelle Furtado of Fairhaven, a staunch opponent of the Common Core education standards in Mass.

Furtado tells WBSM News, the federal government is buying off states to use Common Core by giving them millions of dollars.

She believes standards for students are lower now, than they were under the Mass. Frameworks plan.

Furtado held a sign at County and Parker street Thursday morning, saying Common Core is "dumbing down our kids."

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