Georgia Senate tackles Common Core – Atlanta Business Chronicle


Georgia Senate tackles Common Core – Atlanta Business Chronicle

Legislation calling on the Georgia Department of Education to review national education standards easily passed the state Senate Tuesday.

An amended version of the bill, which cleared the Senate 34-16, stopped short of ordering the state to abandon the controversial Common Core standards as originally had been proposed. Instead, a state advisory committee would examine the standards and make recommendations.

“It’s the state ­­– and not interests outside the state ­– that should determine … what should be taught in our Georgia classrooms,” said Sen. William Ligon, R-Brunswick, the bill’s chief sponsor.

A newly formed coalition of Georgia business and education leaders early this month called on the General Assembly to continue the ongoing effort to add Georgia to the list of states embracing the Common Core standards for grades K-12.

Representatives of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, the University System of Georgia and the Georgia Association of Educators argued Common Core would help the state develop a competitive workforce to help attract economic development to Georgia.

But Common Core has come under fire from Tea Party and other conservative groups as part of a decades-long effort by the federal government to exercise an ever-growing influence over public education.

The issue is sure to resonate in Republican primary campaigns across the state this spring.

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