Posted: 8:06 am Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

Legislative tip sheet: House takes up Common Core 

By Jim Galloway

The House and Senate gavel in at 10 a.m. today.

The chambers aren’t tackling anything too heavy so soon after Crossover Day, but action is picking up in committees as each side begins to work through the bills that are now in their court.

One of the biggest questions remains how the Senate will handle the hot potato that is the gun bill. It could come up in a Senate judiciary committee as soon as today.

House committees will consider bills delving into the operation of the Georgia High School Association, which governs Friday night football in Georgia, and Common Core.

On the latter topic, click here for your backgrounder on SB 167. A taste:

Georgia’s curriculum and its standardized test, the Criterion-Referenced Competency Test, are aligned to Common Core.

Starting this fall, SB 167 would allow school districts to offer a curriculum that is not aligned to Common Core. That flexibility would complicate the state’s process for evaluating teachers, which will be rolled out this fall and which will be tied, in part, to how students perform on the CRCT.

 “This opens the door to some inconsistency,” said Melissa Fincher, associate superintendent for assessment and accountability for the state Department of Education.

Qualifying continues Wednesday. Democrat Jason Carter and Republican John Barge, both of whom want to be governor next year,  are among the candidates expected to come to the Capitol to sign up.

7 comments
BigHat
BigHat

Common Core spelled backwards is socialism. 

Ralph-43
Ralph-43

Weightier issues?  EdUktr can't even spell and he thinks education is not important.  Send this little fellow back to the University from which he flunked.  Obviously, education is important to the survival and prosperity of Georgia and the people that live here.  These two ladies that can't do math and want Georgia to abandon math testing probably never even went to college.  The secessionist language (neo-confederacy) in the bill is embarrassing to most of us.  Time for new leadership (Jason Carter) and if your rep and senator are anti-education, better reassess your vote.  Educate yourself or you will end up like EdUktr repeatedly making a fool of yourself and embarrassing Georgia.

Bernie31
Bernie31

Sadly Georgia and Her People have Historically always acted like the Petulant Child when it comes to important and meaningful matters. Georgia always has had to be dragged along and made to behave correctly and get along with others. In time she always see her Political Leadership and People were always on the WRONG SIDE of History. 

This Fine Tradition of being Wrong is being praised and supported again. As Usual...Typical Southern Behavior with a GOOBER Mindset... always in the gear of BACKWARDS!

uh..huh.

EdUktr
EdUktr

SB 167 should be quickly passed so the House Committee can move on to weightier issues. Partisans are trying to stir up effective opposition to it—in hopes of using it as a stalking horse in an election year. 

DS
DS

I read SB 167 (yawn), and it's hard to make a plausible case for how this law would benefit Georgians. 

Here's the crux of the bill: 

"...the state shall not adopt any federally prescribed content standards or any national content standards established by a consortium of states or a third party...All state-wide K-12 tests and assessments shall be controlled by the State of Georgia without any obligation to other entities, states, consortia, or the federal government and shall not be designed to test national standards or rebranded national standards or be based on any standards established by a consortium of states or a third party..."

It's like they don't care what the State Board of Education does, just as long as they don't do Common Core. Even if the CC standards happen to be perfect, we cannot do THAT, even under a different name, without active participation in any national educational organizations.

And why would this be helpful? (Crickets chirp.)

AuntieChrist
AuntieChrist

@BigHat Which is the problem with conservatives, everything they say, see and do is backwards. The 19th century is 'forward' in their eyes.

AuntieChrist
AuntieChrist

@EdUktr The 'stalking horse' is the group of conservative politicians saying or implying to the low info types that CC is some sort of oppressive mandate from the 'over-reaching federal gummint,' which is a lie from the pit of hell. Georgia for decades had been an exception to the view that the southern states were unreconstructed, backwater enclaves of ignorance, distrust and feudalism. We attracted national corporations, enlightened people, and prospered as a result, while Birmingham, Jacson, MS, Columbia, SC and other southern metropolises  languished. The last few years under repuppy leadership, we have seen a push to return to the regressive gunslinging, homophobic, ignorant, reactionary, ant-federalism, anti-progress  that marked this state and the south in the early 20th century.

It will not turn out well for anyone.