Sen. Marsh: Common Core repeal efforts will be dead on arrival

Published: Nov. 13, 2013 at 10:48 PM CST|Updated: Feb. 5, 2014 at 10:48 PM CST
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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - A new effort to repeal the Common Core State Standards from Alabama's College and Career Ready Standards will be dead on arrival during the upcoming Regular Session of the Alabama Legislature.

At least one member of the Alabama Senate had made it clear that he wanted to revisit a failed effort from the 2013 session to repeal the Common Core Standards.

However, Sen. Del Marsh, (R – Anniston),  threw cold water on the notion of a Common Core Standards repeal.

In a statement Sen. Marsh said he thinks that all matters relating to education standards should be left to the Alabama State Board of Education.

"I do not intend to address controversial legislation regarding these standards next session... The only way I see this issue coming before the Senate is if the Governor were to call a special session to address it" Marsh said in a statement.

Sen. Scott Beason is unfazed. He says he will continue his fight against what he calls, "the world view" that's promoted by the Common Core Standards in the textbooks that the standards promote.

"When we were kids and we read about cars in fifth grade it was about where they were made and how they were made and how they got people to and from work and the internal combustion and a little bit of how that works" Beason explained. "When I looked at my daughter's reading lesson cars which I guess came from the Common Core is about that cars pollute and that they burn hydrocarbon and that they're bad for the environment. That's promoting a world view."

Sen. Beason, (R – Gardendale) will push for a legislation to repeal the Common Core Standards during the next legislative session.  A similar effort, pushed by Tea Party supporters, failed during the 2013 Regular Session.

He warned that if lawmakers don't take a stand during the next session, any time thereafter could be too late.

"We will look around one day and see what a mistake we made," Beason said.

The Common Core Standards were developed several years ago by state school officers in conjunction with the National Governors Association.

They were developed by state leaders, as a way to set national benchmarks that they felt all children in all states should be able to achieve by certain ages.

All but five states have adopted the standards.

Supporters of Alabama's College and Career Ready Standards contend that the national set of benchmarks puts Alabama students on a path to succeed both in college and in the professional world.

Dave Borden once served on the Montgomery County Board of Education and works professionally as a CPA.

"We need standards like these" Borden said. He added that his accounting firm is clamoring for students graduating from college with critical thinking skills.

"Someone that comes with only rote memorization skills is completely limited and is not even capable of advancing beyond beginning levels."

When asked about the theories surrounding the Common Core, Borden said, "I don't know how this has become so political in nature. It's not about politics. It's about giving kids the opportunity to develop."

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