The North Dakota House is considering a bill that would end the Common Core State Standards in the state. The House Education Committee held a hearing yesterday morning that drew 200 people to the statehouse.
House Bill 1461 was filed by State Representative Jim Kasper (R-Fargo) (an updated version from the draft bill I reported on earlier in January). State Representatives Rick Becker (R-Bismarck), Wesley Belter (R-Fargo), Mark Dosch (R-Fargo), Keith Kempenich (R-Bowman), Dan Ruby (R-Minot), Roscoe Streyle (R-Minot), Blair Thoreson (R-Fargo), and Don Vigessa (R-Cooperstown) have added their names as cosponsors.
Also State Senators Bill Bowman (R-Bowman), Dick Dever (R-Bismarck) and Oley Larsen (R-Minot) are Senate sponsors for the bill.
The bill, if passed, would repeal the Common Core, withdraw North Dakota from the Smarter Balanced Consortium, and set up an interim committee that would oversee the development of new standard. The new standards would then be subject to a legislative vote upon completion (if I’m reading the bill correctly). Local school districts can choose the standards they follow in the interim.