West Virginia Ripe for Common Core Repeal

West Virginia State Capitol Building - Charleston, WV Photo credit: O Palsson (CC-By-2.0)
West Virginia State Capitol Building – Charleston, WV
Photo credit: O Palsson (CC-By-2.0)

The Charleston Daily Mail reported last week that there will be a significant push in West Virginia to repeal the Common Core led by Republicans who will control the state legislature when it gavels into session at least in the House of Delegates.

A Republican state lawmaker said there could be enough votes in the House of Delegates to repeal the Common Core standards in the upcoming legislative session.

Although efforts to repeal the standards never advanced beyond a committee this year, Delegate Larry Faircloth told the Daily Mail he thinks that will change in 2015.

The first test could come next month when the advocates against Common Core will have an opportunity to air their grievances for the first time in a committee hearing.

Common Core standards will be the central topic of discussion during a two-hour education committee meeting, Sen. Donna Boley, R-Pleasants, told the Daily Mail Tuesday.

Boley said she recently received news from Sen. Robert Plymale, D-Wayne, who serves as chairman of the education committee, that the topic will finally be discussed during an interim meeting.

“Our interim committees study everything under the sun,” she said. “But we haven’t been allowed to discuss Common Core. We’re hoping to more or less educate our legislators.”

Faircloth blamed politics for the fact repeal efforts died in committee.

“I felt like that happened because leaders of both parties thought that would’ve impacted the election,” he said.

Faircloth said he believes there are enough people in the House who would support a repeal of Common Core.

The future chair of the West Virginia Senate Education Committee was open to discussing it in committee..

State Sen. Dave Sypolt, R-Preston, who is expected to be the next chair of the Senate education committee, agreed with Butler’s call to discuss Common Core in the state Legislature.

“I think Common Core legislatively has not been visited the first time,” he said. “It was an administrative decision.”

Sypolt said although he is uncertain whether lawmakers have the legal authority to outright repeal Common Core, he expects the subject to be discussed in future meetings.

We’ll need to keep an eye on the Mountaineer State.