- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 2, 2014

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - An amendment to a broad-ranging education bill would prevent the state education department from spending money to implement standards based on the Common Core standards.

The committee initially adopted the amendment unanimously but Rep. Les Gara asked that the vote be rescinded because he had concerns about the implications of the proposal on the department.

Education Commissioner Michael Hanley said the state never adopted the Common Core standards that other states have adopted. And he said the state’s standards were not based on Common Core.

But he said there are similarities between the Alaska and Common Core standards, such as fluency among young students in naming letters.

He said the amendment could stoke debate on whether those similar standards could be taught because they’re also part of the Common Core.

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