Pike BOE may weigh in on Common Core

Published 10:56 pm Thursday, March 6, 2014

The Pike County Board of Education will consider weighing in today on a bill that could thwart implementation of the Common Core curriculum across the state.

Dr. Mark Bazzell, superintendent of Pike County schools, said he will ask board members during a 2:30 p.m. called meeting today to adopt a resolution concerning the Common Core measure.

“This is specific to a bill that has been introduced and is going to be considered in committee next week,” Bazzell said.

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Sen. Scott Beason, R-Gardendale, is author of the legislation, which would halt implementation of the Common Core standards in Alabama, allowing standards to be used only for the math and English curriculums. The bill would give local school districts greater control over implementation of Common Core. Bazzell said the legislation has been co-sponsored by several other lawmakers, including Sen. Jimmy Holley of Coffee County.

“The bill allows school systems to opt out of Common Core, which would be complete chaos,” Bazzell said.

Common Core is the set of educational curriculum guidelines used in 45 states, including Alabama. It was adopted in Alabama as the Alabama College and Career Ready standards.

Common Core has been a controversial measure nationwide.

Allowing districts to opt out of the Common Core standards would defeat the purpose of setting a common goal and measure, Bazzell said.

“It would virtually render Plan 2020 useless and create big problems with accountability programs coming down the road.”