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Are you ready for the weekend? Before you leave the office, don’t miss our latest installment of Federalism in Action’s Top 3 Local blog series. If this is your first time dropping by, every Friday we collect the top 3 stories that exemplify local people making local decisions across the country. We give you the best examples of “Federalism in Action,” so you won’t ever have to miss a thing.

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FOR INSPIRATION: Common Core Opposition Going Local

Common Core continues to mount criticism nationwide from groups on both sides of the political spectrum. A Politico story this week discusses how the battles to drop out of Common Core have moved down to the local level. Barbara Byrd-Bennett is the CEO of Chicago Public Schools  (CPS), one of the country’s largest school districts. She is now signaling that CPS may drop out of one of the federally funded Common Core exams that is set to launch next spring because the test is “unproven.” To read more about the growing Common Core opposition from cities and counties, read the full story here.

FOR MOTIVATION: Feds Mean Business

According to U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewel, the federal government is serious about carrying out its plans for Western public lands. She vowed that the president would use his executive power to administer his conservation plans in the West if Congress does not act. This is yet another example of Washington’s executive overreach that is hurting states and communities, particularly in the West.

FOR FUN: Local Fall Festivals Across the Nation

It’s that time of year again. The leaves are changing, the temperature is starting to drop, and fall is in the air. It’s also an opportunity for local communities to gather and celebrate the season with fall festivals. In Arizona, celebrations are featuring local pumpkin patches. North Georgia’s fall festivals attempt to bring communities in the area together. Even Floridians want to get in on the action: they might not have cooler weather or changing leaves, but there’s plenty to celebrate with the stone crab harvest.

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