Lt. Gov. Reeves Calls for Removal of Common Core Standards

Common Core has been a widely debated topic since 2010 when Mississippi schools began working to implement its standards. Monday, Lieutenant Governor Tate Reeves called out the state legislature to scrap Common Core standards and implement a task force to create its own. Tuesday, local legislators met in Biloxi to give a briefing of what they hope to get out of the 2015 legislative session.

Facing off, Mississippi’s top two political leaders say Common Core is a failed system, versus the State Board of Education, who believes the standards are the best the state has ever seen. The mediator: the Mississippi state legislature. Local lawmakers say there needs to be a compromise. Representative Scott DeLano (R), District 117, says, "I don’t want to see us just bail out and jump ship if that’s working in a lot of areas, and if it’s not working in other areas of the state, then we need to give them options to go back to whatever program works best in their community."

The State Board of Education approved a one year, $8.4 million contract for testing students under Common Core in 2015. House Education Chair, John Moore, says the task force and creation of new standards Lt. Governor Reeves is suggesting could cost the state more than $100 million and take years of work.

Reeves says if necessary, the legislature should bypass the State Board of Education, who are big supporters of Common Core. State legislators tell News 25 it’s very important to keep the Board of Education in the conversation. DeLano also says, "I believe that the State Board of Education, as well as educators should be included in any initiative that we do or any process that we take that will affect how we teach our schools and how we affect our policy."

Discussion about Common Core is sure to take up a lot of time on the House floor in January, but lawmakers are happy there’s such interest in the education of our young people.

Representative Hank Zuber (R), District 113, closes, "The big picture is and the good news is that we’re talking about increasing standards, getting Mississippi off the bottom and moving forward."

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