Senator Brewbaker has put his proposed bill to repeal Common Core on hold because his Senate Education Committee accepted an amendment proposed by Senator Holtzclaw.
I do not understand what the fuss is about. If there is a compelling case for the repeal of the Common Core I have not heard it.
I read a lot and I read the math standards, and yet I have not seen anyone point to an objectionable standard within the Common Core. Nor has anyone said what would happen in the period following repeal of the Common Core and the establishment of new standards.
Some say they do not like data sharing, especially with the feds, yet the bill said it was OK to share with the feds if we needed to get a grant. It seems some sharing is fine as long as money is involved.
And some say they object to Common Core because it is an expansion of federal authority into state education, yet I hear no objections to the tens of millions of education dollars Alabama is already taking from the feds every year. It seems some federal intrusion is fine.
I am concerned above our expansive federal government. I think federal spending on K-12 education was never appropriate and is now unaffordable. As a step to solving that problem we should be calling for the immediate block granting of federal funds for education with gradual elimination in a few years.
In the meantime, it seems to me that those calling for the repeal of Common Core have gotten very excited about a mouse in our China shop while they ignore the bull that came in first.
Our legislature did well by passing the Alabama Accountability Act to knock down impediments to education and to tweak the allocation of state resources. But they should be cautious of doing more. We already have 133 superintendents of education. We do not need 140 more.
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