Common Core bill fails in GA house committee - CBS46 News

House Education Committee votes to uphold Common Core standards

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Senate House Bill 167 on the Common Core federal education standards failed to pass in the Education Committee of the Georgia House on Wednesday.

State Sen. William Ligon (R-Brunswick) sponsored the bill.

Ligon's bill would align school district's curriculum with the former Georgia Professional Standards while the standards review process was underway.

Common Core standards were developed in an effort to improve education and increase the high school graduation rates in the country.

Ligon held a news conference on Wednesday and said he was willing to work with House lawmakers who wanted to alter the bill but wanted certain principles included in the measure.

They include: not continuing down the road of national standards, allowing local district flexibility with their curriculum, and including a majority of parents in the standards process.

 "We're going to be fair to our teachers, fair to our students and we're going to have good, high-quality standards in the state," said Ligon. "That is the ultimate goal." 

Several organizations spoke out in favor of SB 167.

"I really believe our children will be under assault in the classroom if these standards come in," said Tanya Ditty of Concerned Women of America for Georgia.

However, many educators and those in the business community support Common Core standards. They said it will improve education and prepare children for the future.

"We appreciate the attention this issue has received as it is key to ensuring our children's future success," said Georgia Chamber of Commerce President Chris Clark.  "The Chamber thanks the members of the House Education Committee for listening to the concerns of educators, parents, local school boards and most importantly, our students."

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