Alabama Common Core Repeal Bill Receives Tepid Response

Photo credit: Jim Bowen (CC-By-2.0)
Photo credit: Jim Bowen (CC-By-2.0)

Another attempt to repeal the Common Core State Standards in Alabama was met with apathy among some legislators and mocking by a taxpayer-funded lobbyist.  The bill was heard in the Alabama Senate Education Policy Committee.

AP reports that the bill’s future doesn’t look bright:

The newspaper reports that, as in previous years, there didn’t seem to be overwhelming support of the bill Wednesday, as multiple lawmakers noted flaws in the standards, but argued that it should be the responsibility of the Alabama Board of Education to address the issues.

“It’s an elected body,” said Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh, R-Anniston. “In my opinion, they should be the ones making this decision, and I hope that’s where we ultimately see the decision made.”

Rep. Terri Collins, R-Decatur, the chairwoman of the House Education Policy Committee, said in her district, the changes have been seen as positive.

“I continue to have active conversations with local educators and people who support the high standards and believe they are more rigorous.”

A lobbyist for the Alabama Department of Education (I’d love to see a bill getting rid of taxpayer-funded lobbyists) mocked those who opposed the Common Core State Standards on Facebook Yellowhammer.com reports:

Sen. Rusty Glover (R-Semmes) introduced a bill this week that would repeal the state’s current standards by the fall semester of 2017.

“I bring this back because of the need that my colleagues and I see to strengthen the standards for our school children,” Glover told Yellowhammer. “A brag sheet was distributed by the Department of Education in 2011 that revealed all of the progress our students were making. The state then adopted Common Core the next year. The complaints by teachers, students, and parents have been deafening ever since.”

As evidence that repeal efforts are not the radical conservative position that some in the education establishment have argued them to be, Glover noted that even Massachusetts, one of the country’s most liberal states, is moving toward abandoning Common Core.

“It’s hard to argue that (repeal efforts are) not main stream,” he said.

Glover held a public hearing on his bill on Wednesday, which prompted a frustrated reaction from Tracey Meyer, Governmental Relations & Public Affairs Coordinator for the ALSDE.

“Unbelievable,” she wrote of Glover’s bill, along with a graphic reading “Bang Head Here.”

Obviously Ms. Meyer is free to post whatever she likes on her personal page, but considering she was doing this on taxpayer-funded time is problematic. Regarding her graphic, Common Core opponents feel the same way when we hear the same tired dataless, unsubstantiated, useless talking points we from Common Core advocates all of the time.

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