The Buzz: The score on Common Core?

jself@thestate.comMay 10, 2014 

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Sen. Brad Hutto, D-Orangeburg


Now that South Carolina’s legislative protest of the Common Core education standards has passed the House and the Senate, lawmakers disagree about what their bill, which soon could be on Gov. Nikki Haley’s desk, actually will do.

State Rep. Bill Taylor, R-Aiken, wrote in his newsletter that the bill would replace Common Core, effectively “dumping” the standards, which outline what students in every grade should know and be able to do.

But that’s not true, said state Sen. Brad Hutto, D-Orangeburg, last week.

The bill, as passed in the Senate, would give the state’s education-standard writers from January until the beginning of the 2015-16 school year to “review” Common Core and approve any “new” standards. The review panel, he said, could decide to do nothing.

One education official said that the short timeframe for the review could result in only a few changes, such as adding cursive and high-school calculus as requirements.

Hutto said an even simpler change could do the trick. “It suits me if we keep these standards – we’re just going to call them the South Carolina standards.”

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