The state of Illinois is implementing the Common Core State Standards this school year. State Representative Dwight Kay (R-Glen Carbon) introduced House Resolution 543 last month to urge the Illinois State Board of Education to delay the implementation of the Common Core State Standards until a fiscal study is done.
“State government can’t even meet its current obligations to fund our education system,” said Kay. “We shouldn’t implement any new programs especially since we don’t know how much this will cost. Property owners pay their fair share in property taxes in hopes that our state will follow through by matching funds, unfortunately the state continues to delay paying funds promised to our schools.”
“Even local school officials I have spoken to oppose this new program. With each new administration, there is always a new proposal that is sold as the latest and best way to educate our children. Without a doubt improving our education system by implementing new technology in the classroom is imperative and crucial to making our next generation competitive in the workforce and global economy. However, until our state can meet its current obligations to our schools, I urge the State Board of Education to delay the implementation of Common Core,” Kay added.
The resolution is co-sponsored by State Representatives Sanda Pihos (R-Glen Ellyn), Bill Mitchell (R-Decatur), Barbara Wheeler (R-Crystal Lake), and David Leitch (R-Peoria).