SC Legislature

Effort to stop nationwide education standard stalls in committee

gnsmith@thestate.com February 29, 2012 

It’s looking increasingly unlikely that lawmakers will halt the implementation of new, nationwide education standards, known as Common Core, for the state’s K-12 students.

Wednesday, the Senate Education Committee voted to continue their talks on the matter -- a sign the bill is likely to remain stuck in committee for the remainder of the session.

Sen. Mike Fair, R-Greenville, who is sponsoring a bill to halt the implementation, said the new standards will deprive the Palmetto State of control over its education system.

“I view it as another move toward Washington having control over the lives of South Carolinians,” Faid said.

But Common Core advocates say the standards are better than the ones the state currently has and will provide school leaders with more immediate feedback on how students are performing.

Forty-four other states have also signed on to implement the standards.

South Carolina is set to complete implementation by 2014 -- unless lawmakers stop the implementation.

-- Gina Smith

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