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Legislative tip sheet: House takes up Common Core

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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.

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