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.
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.