Now that South Carolinas 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 Haleys 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 thats not true, said state Sen. Brad Hutto, D-Orangeburg, last week.
The bill, as passed in the Senate, would give the states 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 were just going to call them the South Carolina standards.