Three States Are Now Ditching The Common Core
Two additional states have joined Indiana in withdrawing from the Common Core math and English standards.
On May 30, South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley signed legislation that calls for new standards, designed independently of the multi-state initiative, to be implemented for the 2015-2016 school year. And on Thursday, Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin approved replacing the standards by August, 2016.
Indiana Governor Mike Pence signed a bill repealing the Common Core in March.
Several other states are similarly stepping away from the standards, or are considering doing so.
In Florida, a recently signed bill the removes all reference to “Common Core” from state law, and Republican Governor Rick Scott has declared the Core “out” in his state. But, as the Florida News Service reported, standards that mirror the Core remain in place.
Missouri lawmakers have approved going forward with that state’s Common Core preparations, but the bill calls for replacing the standards with state-developed ones by 2016. That bill awaits the governor’s signature.
In Louisiana, Republican Governor Bobby Jindal declared he wants the Common Core abolished there as well. The Louisiana state legislature recently re-affirmed its commitment to the Common Core, but Jindal is seeking a way to bypass lawmakers and sideline the standards.
The National Conference of State legislatures, which led the development of the Common Core standards, has identified more than 100 bills this year in 26 states aimed at slowing down, halting or revoking altogether adoption of the Common Core.
Originally, 45 states and the District of Columbia signed onto the initiative.
Ohio lawmakers committed to the Common Core kept math and English standards in place in an education bill that’s awaiting Governor John Kasich’s signature. But as we reported Thursday, the bill prohibits any further collaboration with other states to develop new science and social studies standards, and Common Core opponents say they’ll continue to lobby for complete repeal.