Battle Over Common Core Continues


By Alabama News Network

Educating alabama's children is always a hot topic, and some people aren't happy with the state's current standards. 

There's been a movement in the state house to repeal the common core standards, a national set of standards that the state agreed to adopt in 2010. But the state superintendent wants to keep things the way they are.

On day one of the legislature, there were people on the front steps with signs railing against common core.

One of the concerns is that we're giving the federal government control of our schools.

State Superintendent Tommy Bice says that's not true at all.

"If you read what's actually adopted then I think most of the fear would be subsided. Because there's nothing in there that ties us to anyone," said Bice.

Common core was adopted as part of the state's college and career ready standards in 2010. 

State Senator Dick Brewbaker, who is against common core,  says that lawmakers want standards that come from the Alabama.

"Most legislators want alabama content standards for our schools developed in Alabama by the Alabama State Board of Education. With common core, even though they're approved in Alabama, the standards are clearly developed somewhere else," said Sen. Brewbaker.

But Bice says that the state is still very involved in making sure that Alabama's children get the right education. 

The board voted to make changes to the standards, and plan to keep changing them as they need to. 

"We did all of this and I made no phone calls the the US department of education, nor the president's office, nor anyone in Georgia or Utah or anywhere else. It was an Alabama decision based on input from Alabama people based on what's right for Alabama children," said Bice.

Senator Brewbaker thinks that enough has changed since last year that the bill could stand a chance in the state house. 

There are 45 states using the common core standards.