The 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.