Bill to Raise Academic Standards, End Common Core Passes Senate Education Committee

Legislation to review academic standards and end Common Core in Mississippi passed the Senate Education Committee Thursday, Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves says.

Senate Bill 2161, sponsored by Sen. Videt Carmichael, R-Meridian, and amended by Sen. Angela Hill, R-Picayune, heads to the Senate for consideration. The bill establishes a task force comprised of educators, parents and subject matter experts to evaluate and create the highest level of standards in the nation for Mississippi.

“With this bill we can end Common Core and Mississippians can create strong academic standards that are among the highest in the nation,” Lt. Gov. Reeves said. “For too long, the system has placed low expectations on students. I believe if we set the bar high enough, Mississippi schoolchildren will sail over it.”

Sen. Carmichael said, “I’ve spoken with parents and educators, who have too many concerns about Common Core and how it is being implemented in schools. This bill will allow more input from Mississippians into setting state standards.”

Sen. Angela Hill, R-Picayune, said, “I believe more experts in Mississippi should be involved in writing academic standards for our students. This is a good first step in killing Common Core and creating better standards.”

Included in the bill:
•Establish the Mississippi Commission for College and Career Readiness.
•Request the State Board of Education to limit the amount of time spent on testing.
•End relationship with Common Core and PARCC.
•Add protections for student data.

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