STATE HOUSE: Senate committee to mull Common Core "compromise"

Posted by JAMIE SELF on February 19, 2014 

About 100 adults and children protested the Common Core state standards at the S.C. Department of Education in November. Speakers included Republican state Sen. Lee Bright, a U.S. senate candidate who is a cosponsor to a Senate bill that would stop The Common Core standards, which S.C. Public schools are fully using in all grades.


COLUMBIA -- A Senate public education panel decided Wednesday to give members a week to consider a "compromise" offered as a way to address criticism of the Common Core education standards without asking teachers to suddenly abandon them.

The Senate Education Committee's K-12 education panel took up a bill, S. 300, that would halt the implementation of the education standards in South Carolina classrooms.

But completely reversing the standards, which outline what students should know and be able to do at every grade level, poses challenges for school districts that have been transitioning to using the standards since their 2010 adoption, senators said.

Sen. Mike Fair, R-Greenville, and a leading opponent of Common Core in the State House, offered a proposal that he called a "compromise with myself."

The proposal would allow districts to continue using the standards, which would be reviewed starting in 2016.

The proposal would remove the state from a consortium of states working to develop a test aligned with Common Core. It also would give the General Assembly final say in approving education standards if they are not written by the state Department of Education.

Senators who had not seen the proposal before Wednesday asked for a chance to get feedback from superintendents and other interested parties in their districts.

The panel voted to carry over the bill to next week. Senators said that the bill faces a tough timeline, having passed neither chamber of General Assembly.

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