Texas House Makes It Clear: NO Common Core HERE!

texas-state-capitolThe Texas House of Representatives voted 140-2 to pass language prohibiting Texas from participating in the Common Core State Standards.  Only two votes against it.  Incredible.  The bill, HB 462, was sponsored by State Representative Dan Huberty (R-Kingwood).

Here’s the relevant language in the bill:

(b-1) In this section, “common core state standards” means the national curriculum standards developed by the Common Core State Standards Initiative.

(b-2) The State Board of Education may not adopt common core state standards to comply with a duty imposed under this chapter.

(b-3) A school district may not use common core state standards to comply with the requirement to provide instruction in the essential knowledge and skills at appropriate grade levels under Subsection (c).

(b-4) Notwithstanding any other provision of this code, a school district or open-enrollment charter school may not be required to offer any aspect of a common core state standards curriculum.

       SECTION 3.  Section 39.023, Education Code, is amended by adding Subsection (a-3) to read as follows:

(a-3) The agency may not adopt or develop a criterion-referenced assessment instrument under this section based on common core state standards as defined by Section 28.002(b-1).

The only nay votes were by State Representatives Rafael Anchia (D-Dallas) and Mark Strama (D-Austin).  Further proof that opposition against the Common Core is bipartisan.  Texas via Governor Rick Perry already said no.  The Texas House just backed that decision.

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  1. Would love to hear from some Texans regarding CSCOPE. There are some that say it is just as bad as CC. Unlike CC, can local school districts have a choice whether to adopt CSCOPE?

  2. I have been trying to understand both sides of the Common Core. It seems that there are more negatives or maybe the negatives are more out spoken. Anyway, with the up most respect, can someone explain to me in black and white why is the Common Core frowned upon and where can I find honest facts?

    • MargaretSwain says:

      I was a life long Democrat who trusted that the government would always be on my side. This past year my 3 kids began bringing home school work that was incomprehensible to me. I tried to help my first grader learn simple math and got a note the next day from the teacher (in RED INK NO LESS) nearly demanding that I stop trying to help my child because the teaching methods had changed, and I would do more harm than good. I have a degree and was always considered fairly bright, so I questioned her and that’s when I found out about the new curriculum, who wrote it and how it has taken away my right as a parent to even assist my child in the learning process. None of the other parents that I talked to subsequently were aware that our state even had a new curriculum much less what it contained and where it came from. I was stunned that such a change had been made without any kind of announcement or parental involvement.

      I have been struggling with this since then, and it brings a chill up my spine after all of the research i have done, to even talk about whats been done by the Federal government in the most devious of ways, how this federal level junk has been brought in under the noses of parents and now is there to stay – extortion being the key word here. It’s not a “curriculum” either – its a mandated lesson plan by the day and week, and like some communist regime in other countries so that teachers MUST teach what they are given without choice. When we as parents want accountability there is literally no where to turn – our Principals cannot help, Superintendents cannot help, GOVERNORS cannot help except to dispose of it all together. If you go to the website for achieve.org and review the authors of the curriculum, read into some of their previous publications and their political views you will find the majority of them are not just “progressive” some are communists, some are socialists and each of them carries their own interests into the curriculum in some way or another, It takes digging. I was fed up with it two months ago when my 7 year old came home in tears. She was sorry she was American, because Americans plundered the continent and killed all of the Indians. Then the next week I was told how I was a terrible mom because we don’t have a salad every day. My 16 year old announced at the dinner table that religion is just a myth – we are a devout family. My 14 year old daughter asked me if I ever used condoms for family planning. Come on, leave MY KIDS alone, needless to say I have begun the journey to home school my own before things get way out of hand. Maybe these things are good and cool to some but not for me and not for most people I know. And one last thing for your reading pleasure, take a look at the sex ed that is written into common core and due to be implemented in the nation next year at this link: http://www.aahperd.org/aahe/advocacy/pressreleases/upload/JOSH-FoSE-Standards-FINAL.pdf its jaw dropping.

    • margie says:

      google: you tube subversive threat to education– very good current speech given to group in Tennessee that clearly explains all of the elements of common core.

  3. I might consider common core except for two things. The people who are trying to force this teaching method down our throats and the methods which they are using. Their methods are underhanded which should be a red flag to anyone. The same methods were used with Obamacare and now Obama wants to use the same methods for gun control. It is not the will of the people. It is not a government of the people, by the people and for the people.

  4. Liberals are so stupid.

  5. Jennifer Andrew says:

    Even if you live in a state that rejects CC, or you live in a state that adopts it but your kids go to private school or homeschool, you still need to be concerned. In states that adopt CC, colleges and universities that receive federal funds will require applicants to pass a Common Core test as a condition of admission. Students from non-CC states won’t be able to pass the test and therefore will be rejected for admission to colleges and universities in CC states.

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