Senate Bill Passes Moving Georgia Away from “Common Core”

27
Feb

Senate Bill Passes Moving Georgia Away from “Common Core”

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Senate Bill Passes Moving Georgia Away from “Common Core”

The Georgia Senate passed Senate Bill 167 on Tuesday by a vote of 34-16. The legislation provides an approach for withdrawing from the national education standards known as “Common Core” and specifies new protections for student privacy.

“SB 167 is a consensus piece of legislation that was developed by participants on both sides of the Common Core debate,” said Sen. Dugan.  “The education of our youth is obviously important to all of us and I am proud that we were able to get all parties involved to jointly develop a plan for the state that will help us improve the quality of education.”

SB 167 returns control to Georgia’s citizens by creating the Curriculum Content Standards Advisory Council. The Council will be comprised of 24 members, including parents, university professors and other citizens; tasked with advising the Board of Education on revising and adopting content standards.  Additional sub-committees comprised of K-12 teachers and curriculum specialists will also be created to work on curriculum standards at the various grade levels. Priority will be given to revising current math standards, and any changes to math curriculum standards will be implemented within one year. The legislation gives school systems local control through the option of utilizing the previous Georgia Performance Standards during the process of revising math and language arts standards occurs over the next two years.

In addition, SB 167 requires all statewide tests and assessments to be solely controlled by the State of Georgia, requires the Department of Education to inform the Georgia General Assembly of the long-term effects of any educational grant and prohibits officials from relinquishing constitutional authority over standards and testing to third parties.

SB 167 also enforces higher student privacy controls by outlining limited categories of data that can be collected and disclosed without parental consent, and prohibits the use of student records for commercial purposes. State agencies, local school districts, and educational institutions must disclose the nature of information collected and also provide parental access to these records. Any funds used for building or maintaining data systems for students records may not be used beyond students’ K – 12 and college enrollment years.

Senate Bill 167 now transfers to the House of Representatives for consideration.

 

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