This is a reposting of my weekly column at Da Tech Guy: Common Core Bills Filed By Multiple States, Nationally
By A.P. Dillon
The next wave of bills to repeal the Common Core State Standards has hit.
Multiple states have filed bills to remove the standards and their associated tests. Alternately, there have been calls from the Governors of Georgia and Wisconsin to review and potentially replace the Common Core.
Here are some of the states with recent Common Core ‘repeal’ bills filed.
- Colorado: Bill filed to “repeal current academic standards”. The bill also calls for withdrawl from the PARCC assessments. Bill Link: HB 15-1105
- Mississippi: The bill was touted as a repeal, but the language says parents can ‘opt-out’ of the Common Core curricula, certain student data. This ‘opt-out’ also includes any assessments employed by Mississippi such as PARCC and SBAC. Bill Link: SB 2468
- New Mexico: Calls for discontinuing the implementation Common Core and withdrawl from the PARCC assessments. Bill Link: SB 196
On the national level, Senator Pat Roberts (R-KS) has introduced a bill meant to amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act to protect state sovereignty in education. The short name for the bill is LOCAL, which stands for ‘‘Learning Opportunities Created At Local Level Act’’. The bill is supported by Senators Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Jim Inhofe (R-OK), and Rob Portman (R-OH). Related: 42 House Members Condemn Coercive Common Core
The main thrust is described in the bill as an act “to prohibit Federal education mandates, and for other purposes.” Common Core’s adoption in the states is accurately seen by many as usurping state and local control in the way it was created, adopted and locked into place by what was arguably monetary coercion or incentives in the form of the Race To The Top grants.
The LOCAL bill has come along just in time, as the Obama administration’s education budget has more of the same methods packed into it including more waivers tied to the language of “career and college ready” as Neal McCluskey of the Cato Institute notes in his article, Common Core End Game.
More from the LOCAL bill:
“prohibits the Federal Government from mandating, directing, or controlling a State, local educational agency, or school’s curriculum, program of instruction, or allocation of State and local resources, and from mandating a State or any subdivision thereof to spend any funds or incur any costs not paid for under such Act.”
“prohibits the Federal Government from funding the development, pilot testing, field testing, implementation, administration, or distribution of any federally sponsored national test in reading, mathematics, or any other subject, unless specifically and explicitly authorized by law.”
Governor Jindal’s lawsuit is in the same vein as LOCAL; calling out the conditions and incentives tied to the Race To Top grants. Those Race To The Top grants included the condition of adopting “College and Career Ready” standards. Common Core was the only set of standards around making that claim at the time – what a coincidence!
For more information on LOCAL, see Breitbart’s thorough article on this bill’s attempt to curtail federal intrusion and coercion.
The Common Core Standards were adopted across the country in waves. We’ve seen one wave hit already and with it, significant backlash. The next wave is coming and the indication is that this will be a 2016 election year hot topic.
If these recent bill filings are any indication, more backlash will likely be coming. It is worth noting that during the first wave, Common Core supporters had originally blasted parents for their complaints about the standards. Lately I’ve noticed a shift from that bash the parent tactic. Given the activity in state houses, supporters are now shifting to bashing the experts being brought in. Just worth keeping in mind when your state enters into the fray.
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A.P. Dillon (Lady Liberty 1885), is a Conservative minded wife and mother living in the Triangle area of North Carolina. A.P. Dillon founded the blog LadyLiberty1885.com in 2009. After the 2012 election, she added an Instapundit style blog called The ConMom Blog. Mrs. Dillon recently participated in Glenn Beck’sWe Will Not Conform. Mrs. Dillon’s writing, in addition to Da Tech Guy’s Magnificent 7, can also be found at StopCommonCoreNC.org, WatchdogWireNC and WizBang. Non-political writing projects include science fiction novellas that are, as of yet, unpublished. Her current writing project is a children’s book series.