The Senate Education Policy committee is scheduled to hold a public hearing legislation sponsored by Sen. Scott Beason, R-Gardendale, that would allow local school districts to opt out of the state’s curriculum for schools, based on the Common Core.
The meeting is set to begin at 10 a.m. and is supposed to last no more than two hours.
The Common Core Standards, which encompass math and English, were developed by the National Governors’ Association in 2007 as a means of standardizing curricula and measurements of student progress around the nation. The Alabama College and Career Ready Standards, based on the Common Core, were developed in-state by the Alabama State Department of Education.
Beason and other critics say the standards reflect a centralization of education and undermine local control of education and educational standards. The bill is strongly opposed by the Department of Education and business groups, who say that opting out of the standards would disrupt student learning and force districts to use outdated curricula.
– posted by Brian Lyman