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Miss. Lawmakers Question New Education Standard

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Chip Ward

JACKSON, Miss. – Legislators in the Mississippi Senate Conservative Coalition (MSCC) plan on taking a closer look at the Common Core Standard. Lawmakers adopted the goals and values of the program back in 2010 and it was expected the standard in schools across the state by 2014 until the federal government embraced the program. Now those lawmakers have changed their minds.

According to www.corestandards.org this is what common core is supposed do:

“The Common Core State Standards provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them. The standards are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in college and careers.”

Lawmakers in the MSCC claim the new standard will result in higher than expected cost and lower standards. They also say possible race-based standards in the program have come to their attention.

“If the Mississippi Department of Education intends to evaluate children and measures of progress differently based on race as it appears is the case in other states, then we simply can’t sit by and allow such a blatant discrimination to occur,” said Coalition Chairman Senator Chris McDaniel. “It is offensive to tell parents that their children cannot compete on a level playing field with other children due to their ethnicity, and it certainly doesn’t raise standards of learning.”

In Indiana the legislature has already put a halt to the program from going into effect.

 

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