Alabama moves closer to repealing Common Core

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A bill to repeal Common Core standards passed the Alabama Senate Thursday afternoon.

Filed by Anniston-Republican and Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh– Senate Bill 119, which would repeal Common Core standards in in Alabama, passed as amended by a 23-7 vote.

Marsh says the Alabama school board is “incapable of making decisions that give our students and teachers the best chance at being successful” and thus the state legislature needed to take action.

“We have used the Common Core standards in Alabama for nearly a decade and while we do have some blue-ribbon schools, the vast majority are severely behind. We are still ranked 46thand 49thin reading and math according to National Assessment of Educational Progress. This is unacceptable so it is time to try something new,” Marsh explained of the need for repeal.

He continued, “I have worked and will continue to work with the education community in developing high standards so that we have the most competitive and rigorous course of study in the country, we cannot accept the status quo and this is a good first step.”

The bill now moves to the Alabama House of Representatives.