Look at what national so called standards have gotten us? So much testing in schools that teachers don’t have any time left to teach. Tests that are so demanding the bulk of our public servants fail them. Public school teachers deserve the chance to teach to their particular class- use their knowledge and experience to realize they need an extra week on such & such because too many of the kids didn’t get it, or spend less time on something this particular class got in one lesson. To know that a kid in their class has had a horrible experience that makes one book a wrong choice for this class and another one a better fit. The heck with national standards- let real teachers really teach, let communities and education professionals decide what extra training is needed for support staff and keep guns out of schools.