Gov. Tom Corbett announced Monday that he wants continued review of the state’s academic standards in order to “ensure that any final influence of the national Common Core State Standards is eradicated from Pennsylvania.”
A news release from the state education department says Corbett wants “continued public review” of the state’s academic standards. The release says it’s “the final phase in his nearly three-year effort to permanently roll back the national Common Core plan implemented by his predecessor, Gov. Ed Rendell.”
Corbett says in the release that Common Core has become “nothing more than a top-down takeover of the education system” and calls it “Obamacare for education.”
The release says he will send acting education Secretary Carolyn Dumaresq to the state Board of Education to ask for immediate statewide hearings to continue to review improvements in the standards.
Last year, the state House of Representatives held hearings to address concerns over the state’s academic standards, which became known as the Pennsylvania Core Standards. At the time, officials said the state had adopted the Common Core and later added to those standards to make them Pennsylvania-specific.
Some expressed confusion at the announcement.
State Reps. Seth Grove (R-Dover Township) and Ryan Aument (R-Lancaster) issued a statement Monday afternoon saying as “strong advocates” for the standards put in place, they were puzzled and frustrated by the governor’s announcement.
“We are extremely disappointed the Corbett administration is considering reversing its own policy and opting to further convolute public understanding of our statewide academic standards. As a result, we have lost total confidence in this administration’s ability to manage implementation of these state-specific academic standards,” the statement says.
The legislators’ news release says they will ask for House hearings on the subject. In a letter sent to House Education Committee Chair Paul Clymer, they suggest the governor’s actions have political motives.
Read the state’s news release here.
Read the legislators’ news release and letters they sent to Corbett and Clymer here.
Many schools have been working for years to adjust their curriculum to meet the new standards.
Read here about how some local teachers said they’ve been changing their classrooms.
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