Why did Alabama start using standards modeled after the Common Core State Standards?

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Every few years, the Alabama State Board of Education appoints a committee made up of Alabama parents and teachers to review and update its list of academic expectations for public schools. In 2009, this committee was tasked with deciding whether the Common Core State Standards for math and English would work in Alabama. After careful review, this committee overwhelmingly recommended adopting a version of Common Core updated to meet the state’s specific needs.