West Virginia Legislature Considers Common Core Repeal

West Virginia State Capitol Building – Charleston, WV
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Another bill has been added to our growing list. HB 2443 was introduced last Tuesday in the West Virginia House of Delegates which would repeal the Common Core State Standards and replace them with proven standards. The bill that is sponsored by State Delegates Michael Folk (R-Martinsburg), Pat McGeehan (R-Chester), Jim Butler (R-Henderson), Jill Upson (R-Charles Town), Danny Hamrick (R-Clarksburg), S. Marshall Wilson (R-Gerrardstown), Tony Paynter (R-Hanover), Joshua Higginbotham (R-Poca), Saira Blair (R-Martinsburg) and Patrick Martin (R-Charleston).

Here is what the bill does:

  • The bill asserts the Legislature’s constitutional authority in determining standards: “The Constitution of the State of West Virginia, section one, article twelve thereof, states: “The Legislature shall provide, by general law, for a thorough and efficient system of free schools.” Furthermore, section two, article twelve of said Constitution states: “The general supervision of the free schools of the state shall be vested in the West Virginia Board of Education which shall perform such duties as may be prescribed by law.” (Emphasis added). Therefore, because the Legislature is empowered to identify “such duties as may be prescribed by law” to the West Virginia Board of Education, it is clearly within the Legislature’s purview to specify appropriate academic standards that will provide for a thorough education.
  • Effective July 1, 2017 the West Virginia State Board of Education is prohibited from implementing the Common Core State Standards.
  • The bill then directs the Board to adopt and implement the Mathematics Content Standards for California Public Schools, adopted by the California State Board of Education in December, 1997, and the Mathematics Framework for California Public Schools, adopted by the California State Board of Education in March, 2005, to replace their previous math standards.
  • They also direct the Board to adopt and implement the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks, implemented by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education as the mandatory curriculum frameworks for English Language Arts in the year 2001, and any associated educational frameworks or supplementation.
  • They also add that any English Language Arts standard related to authors or literary works from the state of Massachusetts may be substituted with appropriate authors or literary works from the State of West Virginia.
  • These standards will remain in place for five years.
  • Then the Board is directed to withdraw from the Memorandum of Agreement it entered with the National Governors Association and Council of Chief State School Officers due to their adoption of the Common Core State Standards.
  • The bill also directs the Board to withdraw from the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (which is already being done).
  • The bill then states that Smarter Balanced or any other assessment based on Common Core is prohibited after July 1, 2017.
  • It creates an assessment development committee to develop a replacement assessment.

You can read the entire bill here.

I am surprised it didn’t address the Next Generation Science Standards that the board adopted. I didn’t see any other bill in West Virginia that addressed it.

I really like this bill. It appears straightforward, let’s hope it moves forward and isn’t amended to death as that has been done before in West Virginia. They need a real repeal and to replace Common Core with quality standards. If there  is an amendment I hope it is intended to address the Next Generation Science Standards.

Right now this bill has been referred to the House Education and Finance committees.

4 thoughts on “West Virginia Legislature Considers Common Core Repeal

  1. Well this is a bill worth watching. But like it has already been stated they had this bill last year and it went no where. TN had a bill that requested repeal and offered the alternative and it too was killed and replaced with a bill that ended up changing the name of the standards and changing a few words then proceeds to tell people Common Core is gone. Well literally once you change a sentence and the name of the standards Common Core is gone. But the standards are still aligned with the original Common Core standards. Lets watch this closely and see what happens.

  2. I advise all the state groups opposed to Common Core to use much of this as a template to promote action in your state. The standards identified were created by James Milgram and Dr. Sandra Stotsky and resulted in massive learning improvements. WE MUST ACT NOW lest we end up with a nation in ignorance and poverty! Check out this article: http://bit.ly/2lcs3eU

  3. It usually takes 3 years or so to pass a bill. Don’t be discouraged, and don’t let them get away with rebranding. Attend the committee hearings and apply as much pressure as possible.

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