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Wed June 4, 2014
NC Moves Closer To Unraveling Common Core Standards
The House passed a bill on Wednesday that moves the state closer to getting rid of the Common Core standards.
The bill would form a commission to rewrite the standards over the next year, according to legislators, though they could not offer a clear timetable of when they would be implemented in classrooms. They say students would still learn under Common Core until new standards are in place.
The national standards are meant to set a consistent road map for what students should learn in English and Math at each grade level. But critics of the standards say they are too tough on the younger grades, while too easy on the older grades. They also say that Common Core takes control away from the state.
Some lawmakers have expressed concern about the bill, arguing that it would would create classroom chaos to ditch the standards. They say teachers have invested too much time and energy into implementing Common Core over the last few years.
"This is not smart policy. And if you're going to be able to repeal something, at least, at the very least, give some certainty to your constituents and have something in place first," said Marcos Brandon, a Democratic Representative from Greensboro.
The House bill will now go before the Senate. The Senate Education Committee also passed a nearly identical bill on Wednesday afternoon.
Here's a closer look at the House bill.
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