Alabama Senate President Pro Tem is the Roadblock to Common Core Repeal

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It was reported in late November that legislative efforts will be difficult in Alabama and Alabama Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh will likely be the primary roadblock.

An excerpt:

Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh said legislative efforts to repeal the Common Core education standards likely won’t make it to the Senate floor in the upcoming legislative session.

"I’ve made it very clear, I’m not bringing Common Core into the body," Marsh, R-Anniston, said in an interview Tuesday about the legislative session that begins in Jan. 14.

Marsh, R-Anniston, said the complicated and contentious debate over exactly what the Common Core standards do — and don’t do — should not be thrust into the midst of a busy regular legislative session.

"If you bring it up in this legislative session, it gets mixed in with everything else and you can’t focus totally on that issue. That issue is so complicated, in my opinion it takes total dedication to that specific issue," Marsh said.

Marsh said the only way he saw the Senate dealing with Common Core was if Gov. Robert Bentley called a special session "where we can dedicate all of our time on that issue."

So he’s deflecting on Governor Bentley who should call his bluff and call a special session if nothing is done during the general session.  Time is of the essence and shouldn’t wait until summer.

He’s receiving some pushback within the state as reported by Mary Chastain:

“Senate Pro Tem Del Marsh has become the “Harry Reid” of Alabama,” said Deanna K. Frankowski, coordinator for Alabama Legislative Watchdogs and member of RDP. “This is why the Alabama Legislative Watchdogs and Rainy Day Patriots as well as voters throughout his district and state are speaking out.

“The voters deserve to have their legislators take an up or down vote. Will they support this hostile takeover of our education system or will they stand with Alabama families? Senator Del Marsh is standing in the way of that vote. Rest assured, we will not back down until we have an answer as to who is pulling the strings and why!”

…RDP did find a letter Marsh signed to Bentley, which requested the repeal of Common Core. Other state senators who now do not support the repeal also signed the letter. They want to know what happened to make them change their minds.

Other Republican senators are determined to bring up Common Core. Sen. Scott Beason (R-Gardendale) will lead the efforts to defund and repeal the program in the next session.

Governor Bentley and the Alabama Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard support the repeal so Marsh is the sole roadblock.  Pressure needs to be applied on Senator Del Marsh, he needs to represent his constituents not the education establishment and related special interests.

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Shane Vander Hart is the Editor-in-Chief of Caffeinated Thoughts, a popular Christian conservative blog in Iowa. He is also the President of 4:15 Communications, a social media & communications consulting/management firm, along with serving as the communications director for American Principles Project’s Preserve Innocence Initiative.  Prior to this Shane spent 20 years in youth ministry serving in church, parachurch, and school settings.  He has taught Jr. High History along with being the Dean of Students for Christian school in Indiana.  Shane and his wife home school their three teenage children and have done so since the beginning.   He has recently been recognized by Campaigns & Elections Magazine as one of the top political influencers in Iowa. Shane and his family reside near Des Moines, IA.  You can connect with Shane on Facebook, follow him on Twitter or connect with him on Google +.
  • 13guns

    Alabama school dictricts do not have to take CCSS. The state has banned all UN agenda 21programs from being followed in the state. It’s not hard to prove that CCSS is a part of UN Agenda 21.

  • ALPatriot1960

    Rainy Day Patriots is having a Common Forum on January 10, 2014 in Anniston, AL – details here: https://www.facebook.com/events/612993515426439/?ref=5

  • Jack DeWalt

    Marsh is only one roadblock — recall that he supported repeal last year, and it still failed.
    I must admit that I myself have some qualms about the legislature repealing Common Core. This is properly a matter for the elected state school board, and elections are this year. If the people want to get rid of CC, we need to elect a different school board and then demand that they repeal it. If we can’t win that referrendum at the ballot box, then maybe the opposition isn’t as deep as we think.

    • http://shanevanderhart.com/ Shane Vander Hart

      I agree that the people need to speak through the ballot box. I do have a question what other entity acts like the executive and legislative branch?
      Who puts a check on the State Board’s power if not the Legislature?