- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 2, 2016

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Gov. Terry McAuliffe has vetoed a bill that would prohibit the state from adopting the Common Core standards unless lawmakers approve it.

The Democratic governor says the bill is unnecessary. He says the state has no intention of adopting the Common Core Standards because Virginia’s educational current standards are more rigorous.

But he says he opposes hampering the state board of education’s authority “by adopting unnecessary legislation.”

Virginia is among just a handful of states that haven’t adopted the Common Core standards, which are math and English benchmarks.

Republican Del. Dave LaRock’s bill passed the House with a 77-22 vote. It received a 24-16 vote in the Senate.

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