High Academic Standards Survive the Session

The House Rules Committee this morning defeated Senate Joint Resolution 109 and closed the book on any attempt to repeal Common Core education standards, at least for this legislative session. SJR 109 by Sen. Dick Brewbaker, R-Pike Road, would have urged the state Board of Education to refrain from accepting federal funds tied to Common State Standards.

It was a last gasp effort by some in the House and Senate to affect the common education standards that were approved in 2010 by the State Board of Education. Attempts this session to pass legislation repealing Common Core Standards in the House and Senate also failed. Most of the state’s education community and the Business Council of Alabama opposed efforts to diminish or remove common education standards for K-12 students.

Rules Committee member Rep. Mary Sue McClurkin, R-Indian Springs, introduced a substitute to SJR 109. A tabling motion by Rep. Craig Ford, D-Gadsden, failed and the substitute failed on a 7-7 tie vote. The original SJR 109 was carried over, killing it for the session that ends today, the 30th legislative day

-Mark Colson