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The Senate education committee votes in favor of repealing Common Core standards in Alabama


MONTGOMERY, Alabama — An Alabama Senate committee passed a bill on Wednesday that would repeal Common Core standards in Alabama public schools.

The State Senate Committee on Education and Youth Affairs voted 5-3 in favor of the bill to repeal standards applying to math and English curriculum. The standards are built into the state's Alabama College and Career Ready Standards.

Proponents say repealing Common Core gives more control to state and local educators.

Bill sponsor Sen. Rusty Glover, R-Semmes, told the committee most of the teachers he has talked with are against Common Core.

"I've even had teachers say to me, 'All the teachers at my school are against it,'" he said.

Opponents argue that eliminating the standards would put Alabama behind other states and disrupt learning.

In an interview after the vote, State Superintendent Tommy Bice said efforts to repeal Common Core are "regressive."

"What they just amended is confusing because it's asking us to stop teaching and teach something else, which isn't the way instruction works," he said. "And I would surely hope this doesn't move forward and disrupt 740,000 kids' learning over a political issue."

Bice said the bill would repeal Alabama's waiver from the No Child Left Behind Act, which would place all Alabama schools into school improvement for not making adequate yearly progress.

Legislators in previous years have tried to repeal Common Core but haven't succeeded.

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