HOT BLAST: The debate over Common Core standards rolls on
May 28, 2013 | 3241 views |  0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Even though the Alabama Legislature did not remove the state from the federal Common Core education guidelines in the recently completed session, the debate over Common Core is not over.

On Monday, the New York Times' editorial board tried to slow down the movement to keep Common Core as part of the United States' public schools by calling for caution in the implementation.

The Times wrote, "The answer is not to stop the reform effort. The states should proceed with the new curriculum and non-test aspects of the evaluation system, like classroom observation of teachers, and critiques of lesson plans. But the Education Department should give states the flexibility to refrain from penalizing schools or teachers based on the test data for at least a year, until an evaluation system for the Common Core is validated. This would only be common sense."

That's not a radical idea. It carries merit -- though The Star's editorial board remains glad that Sen. Scott Beason's bill to repeal Alabama's Common Core standards didn't make it through the state Legislature. The Star recently wrote, "We thank Sen. (Del) Marsh, Rep. (Mike) Hubbard and all the legislators who did nothing and kept Alabama’s College and Career Ready Standards in place."

Clearly, however, the debate remains red-hot. In Alabama, as in many other states, particularly those with Republican leadership, politicians and educators alike are examining the Common Core standards and trying to decide what to do next.

-- Phillip Tutor
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