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Senate panel OKs Common Core study, not repeal

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Instead of an immediate all-out repeal of Common Core Standards — which could cost the state more than $128 million over the next four years — the Senate Committee on Education voted Monday to alter the bill to require a year-long study.

Repealing Common Core has been a pet project of several statehouse Republican leaders. Development of national Common Core standards began in 2009, and include college- and career-readiness standards, which address what students are expected to know and understand by the time they graduate from high school, along with K-12 standards, which address expectations for elementary school through high school, according to the website www.corestandards.org.

 Opponents of the standards call it a federal takeover of state school systems and an invasion of student privacy, as information such as the test scores of students are reported to the federal Department of Education.

Dr. Michael Martirano, state superintendent of schools, told the committee the amendment gives him some comfort, since the original language, “if not done properly, could destabilize education in West Virginia.”

Martirano said he needed to understand the challenges in the existing standards.

“I firmly believe we are on the right path,” he said. “Let’s take a moment to pause, as we move our state forward, to get it right.

“I want to get it right.”

The new bill calls for four public town hall meetings across the state…

 

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