In Oconee County, Britt Adams detests the idea of the federal government forcing something down the throat of the local public schools. During public comment at the school board meeting, Adams decried the Oconee School District’s move toward a nationwide common core curriculum and blamed the federal government. He believes the local schools can be run without federal tax dollars. But Dr. Mike Lucas, county superintendent, told Adams there are misunderstandings about the common core curriculum. For one, he said, the standards derive from a partnership among the National Governors Association and the Council on Chief State School Officers.