Montana Joins Common Core Fight

Photo credit: Martin Kraft (CC-By-SA 3.0)
Photo credit: Martin Kraft (CC-By-SA 3.0)

The Montana House of Representatives will consider four different bills related to the Common Core State Standards.  They only meet biennially in odd number years so they were unable to consider a Common Core bill in 2014.  State Representative Debra Lamm (R-Livingston) is the primary sponsor of HB 376.  This bill would prohibit membership in any association that results in ceding any control over public schools.

Lamm also sponsored HB 377 which basically voids the Common Core State Standards and establishes an “accreditation standards review council” that would determine new standards. ¬†The language in the bill is similar to review and replace bills we’ve seen in other states.

Lamm also introduced HB 501 that will require parental consent before any information can be collected from students and clarifies that parents are the owner of that student data.  She also introduced HB 521 ensures local control by clarifying that content and performance standards are voluntary for local school districts.

All four bills will be heard before the Montana House Education Committee on Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at 3:00p (MST) at the Montana State Capitol Building in Helena.