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JACKSON, Miss. (FOX13) -

A new education curriculum in Mississippi public schools is being met with some resistance and protest this week in the state capital in Jackson.

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You may know the curriculum as Common Core. The message was plain and simple delivered in the rotunda of the capitol building, "Stop Common Core in Mississippi." The protest was made up of Tea Party members and parents from across the Magnolia State.

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Included in the crowd was Brandon Smith of Oxford, who runs a Facebook page dedicated to putting an end to Common Core in the Magnolia State.

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"As a concerned parent, I do worry of a federal take over of the education system," Smith said. "Mississippi is going to be left without a choice if they find it's bad."

Advocates of Common Core say the national curriculum currently adopted by more than 40 states helps teach children to think, analyze, and apply information instead of just memorizing facts.

Smith cries foul and says Common Core does nothing more than teach students to test and claims it takes control away from teachers at the local level.

"With the Common Core stars being copyrighted, you can't remove anything," Smith said. "You can add up to 15-percent, but that's the only change you can make. As a parent that concerns me. "

Any legislative action to be taken to "Stop Common Core" this session remains questionable. Both State Senate and House members told FOX13 News that the issue has created a rift in both legislative bodies, and even one within the Republican and Democratic parties.

Republicans can't agree on the matter, neither can Democrats.

"I am not against Common Core, but I do think there are discrepancies," said first term Democratic House Rep. Lataisha Jackson of Como (D-Tate County, Panola County). "There should be further discussion on curriculum. We need to have more transparency. That is not a federal curriculum that is passed down, however there is a lot of apprehension with Common Core."

"There are still some concerns there as education committees iron things out, if any issues comes out of Common Core," added State Sen. David Parker (R-DeSoto County). "But I don't know of any specifics about what will make it out of committee."

Common Core may wind up being the most talked about subject that winds up going nowhere during the Mississippi Legislative session. Smith said if you want to know why there is a rift in the State Senate and in the House, you need to do no more than follow the money.

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