ATLANTA | The Senate Education & Youth Committee voted unanimously Thursday for legislation to force the state to retreat from the multi-state education standards called Common Core.
Before the vote, the chairman of the House Education Committee announced his support for the measure and promised it would receive quick consideration there, too. About the same time, GOP political operatives released a poll warning that Gov. Nathan Deal could lose votes among Republicans for supporting Common Core.
Conservatives across the state have complained that the standards permit federal intrusion and jeopardize the privacy of students.
“We support this bill because we want to pull Common Core away from our children,” parent Carolyn Riley told the Senate committee.
Business and education groups have countered that safeguards prevent sharing of student information and that the standards were developed by states with Georgia in the lead, not the federal government.
Keeping Washington away is the main purpose of Senate Bill 167, according to its author, Sen. William Ligon, R-Brunswick.
“We recognize it is important that Georgians have absolute control over what is taught in our classrooms,” he said.
He told the Senate panel it creates an advisory council made up of parents, employers and college professors appointed by the governor, House speaker and lieutenant governor. Subcommittees of the council will include teachers and others. Every five years, the council will hold public hearings and recommend to the State Board of Education what education standards to use for English, math, science and history.