SC Senate Votes To Stop Common Core

The state's public school curriculum fueled by Common Core standards could be a thing of the past. This week the South Carolina Senate unanimously approved a bill that will wipe out the guidelines by the 2015-2016 school year.

Common Core is a new set of math and reading standards which had already been slowly implemented statewide.

"When we first started the decision makers literally laughed at us," Sheri Few said.

The Superintendent of Education candidate and the movement called "Stop Common Core" now say they're having the last laugh.

"The new standards will be implemented beginning 2015-2016, so what that means is we will be rid of the Common Core standards beginning in the new school year," Few said.

But others, like former teacher Roger Smith, aren't too excited about this decision.

"To stop it, though, I think would reverse that trend and would be detrimental to the system because of all the effort being put forward," Smith said.

Not to mention the millions of dollars in funding.

For those opposed to Common Core, the biggest argument isn't about the standards, but the data collection.

"It's the amount of data, the type of data, and the fact that it's really none of the business of the government to collect information on children," Few said.

Smith also believes when it comes to ranking South Carolina's education goals, studies are comparing apples to oranges.

" In order to try to have better grades on school report cards they lowered their standards, so that put South Carolina at a disadvantage when we were being compared to a state like Texas who had much weaker standards than we did," he said.

When asked, both Few and Smith didn't really feel like a compromise was feasible.

"I think we need to return to a classical form of education, which is what we taught 50 or 60 years ago," Few said.

"Instead of arguing over the Common Core standards we should be focusing on how do we equitably fund our public school system, how do we continue to work on closing the achievement gap," Smith said.

The bill will go back to the house for another round of voting. If it passes, the new superintendent will be responsible to choose a writing panel to recommend new standards in January.

South Carolina adopted the Common Core curriculum in 2010 and next school year was slated the first full implementation.


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