Common Core Sides Spar Over 'Opt Out' Bill

Mar 11, 2014

Opposing sides in the Common Core standards debate sparred over an "opt-out" bill in the Senate.

A state senator says letting local school systems opt out of Common Core would let policy makers compare outcomes between the new and old curriculum standards.

The Senate Education Committee is holding a public hearing Tuesday on the Common Core opt out bill. Schools could revert to the previous standards for math and English.

The latest bill brought out familiar arguments in the long-running Common Core debate.

Billy Canary, of the Business Council of Alabama, says repeal would hurt students, and the state's 2013 teacher of the year urged committee members to keep Common Core.

Common Core opponents said the texts are full of political bias and are less rigorous than previous standards. The local choice bill is being tried after repeal efforts fell flat in the Alabama Legislature.