We can see that the resolution from the Republican National Committee blasting the Common Core is starting to take affect. The same committee that sunk an anti-Common Core bill just passed virtually the same bill.
On their second attempt in as many months, state Republicans have succeeded in pushing a bill to repeal Alabama’s common core curriculum standards out of committee.
In a split decision, the committee approved the bill sponsored by Sen. Scott Beason, R-Gardendale, with Sens. Hank Sanders, D-Selma; Vivian Figures, D-Mobile; Quinton Ross Jr., D-Montgomery, and Trip Pittman, R-Daphne, voicing dissenting votes.
Beason told the committee he opposes the standards the Alabama State Board of Education approved for Math and English language arts in 2010 because they have not been proven.
With 45 states currently using the new standards, he said, it “leads to the possibility of everyone going into the ditch at the same time” if they fail.
The bill is virtually identical to the one filed earlier in the session by Sen. Dick Brewbaker, R-Pike Road.
That bill failed to clear the same committee when Sens. Bill Holtzclaw, R-Madison, and Trip Pittman, R-Montrose, joined Democrats in opposing the repeal in a previous committee meeting.
Since then, the Republican National Committee has issued harsh criticism of the common core, calling it “an inappropriate overreach to standardize and control the education of our children so they will conform to a preconceived ‘normal.'”
So apparently at least one of the Republicans who flip flopped last time has seen the light.