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Jerry P. Becker

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[ncsm-members] Missouri: Review and Revise Common Core
Posted: Jul 15, 2014 5:32 PM
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From Education Week [American Education's Newspaper of Record],
Monday, July 14, 2014. See
http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/state_edwatch/2014/07/bill_to_review_and_revise_.html
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In the same issue of Education Week, see "Michelle Rhee's
StudentsFirst Powers Down Five State Affiliates" [Florida, Iowa,
Indiana, Maine, Minnesota] - see
http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/state_edwatch/2014/07/michelle_rhees_studentsfirst__.html
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Bill to Review and Revise the Common Core Approved by Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon

By Andrew Ujifusa

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has signed legislation that will trigger a
review and possible revision of the Common Core State Standards for
the 2016-17 academic year.

Nixon, a Democrat, approved House Bill 1490, which was originally
designed to ban the common core outright, on July 14. The bill,
originally authored by GOP Rep. Kurt Bahr, would allow the common
core to remain in place while a set of work groups makes
recommendations about the best standards for Missouri to use. These
work groups will consist of public school parents, teachers, and
others, and their recommendations will be delivered to the state
board of education. The groups must complete their review and
recommendations regarding new standards by Oct. 1, 2015, after a
series of public hearings are held about the new standards.

While these work groups develop their recommendations and the state
board considers them, the common core will remain in effect in
Missouri schools for the 2014-15 and 2015-16 academic years.

It's unclear to what extent the common core will survive in Missouri.
There's nothing prohibiting both the work groups and the state board
from largely re-adopting the common-core standards, or re-approving
virtually all of the common core. Some of the members of the work
groups will be appointed by legislators, a move that could be used to
appease anti-common core lawmakers in the state like Bahr. (I wrote
about this Missouri push-back to the common core in mid-May.)

As it happens, North Carolina is considering a similar bill that
would create a new advisory committee to make recommendations about
standards to the state school board. That North Carolina bill has
been approved by the state Senate, and is only waiting for approval
by the House before it is sent to Gov. Pat McCrory, a Republican.
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A summary of the bill is given at the website.
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