- Associated Press - Monday, February 10, 2014

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A Republican lawmaker is proposing that Arkansas delay its implementation of a set of uniform benchmarks for reading, writing and mathematics that have been fully adopted in most states.

Sen. Gary Stubblefield, a Republican from Branch, filed legislation Monday that would put a moratorium on the implementation of the Common Core standards until January 1, 2017. The proposal would bar the state and local school districts from spending any public money on Common Core’s implementation.

The Arkansas Board of Education voted in 2010 to implement Common Core. The standards, however, have drawn criticism from Republicans in other states that are reconsidering the benchmarks.

Stubblefield’s measure would require a two-thirds vote in the House and Senate to be introduced since it’s a non-budget bill filed during a fiscal session.

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