- Associated Press - Thursday, February 4, 2016

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The debate over the state’s education standards has begun again with a public hearing on a bill to repeal Common Core standards in Alabama public schools.

The Senate Education Policy Committee on Wednesday discussed but did not vote on the bill to do away with the state’s standards applying to math and English curriculum, The Decatur Daily (https://bit.ly/1JZuHjf ) reported.

The national benchmarks were adopted by the state’s elected Board of Education in 2010.

The newspaper reports that, as in previous years, there didn’t seem to be overwhelming support of the bill Wednesday, as multiple lawmakers noted flaws in the standards, but argued that it should be the responsibility of the Alabama Board of Education to address the issues.

“It’s an elected body,” said Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh, R-Anniston. “In my opinion, they should be the ones making this decision, and I hope that’s where we ultimately see the decision made.”

Rep. Terri Collins, R-Decatur, the chairwoman of the House Education Policy Committee, said in her district, the changes have been seen as positive.

“I continue to have active conversations with local educators and people who support the high standards and believe they are more rigorous.”

Legislators in previous years, including 2015, have tried to repeal common core but haven’t succeeded.


Information from: The Decatur Daily, https://www.decaturdaily.com/decaturdaily/index.shtml

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