Alabama Common Core standards

A Senate committee has approved a bill that would repeal Common Core standards in Alabama public schools.

The State Senate Committee on Education and Youth Affairs voted 5-3 yesterday morning in favor of repealing current standards applying to math and English curriculums.

Those standards are built into the state's Alabama College and Career Ready Standards.

Supporters of the bill say repealing Common Core gives more control to state and local educators.

Opponents say it would put Alabama behind other states and disrupt learning.

Alabama Education Association

Republican incumbents in the Alabama Senate have claimed victory, repelling a slate of challengers funded by the state teachers' lobby and an anti-Common Core group.

Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh called Tuesday night a great one for incumbents.

One Senate GOP incumbent, Sen. Jerry Fielding of Talladega lost to Rep. Jim McClendon, but that race was separate from the AEA-involved races.

In the House, AEA backed candidates defeated several incumbents in the hopes of slowing down a GOP legislative train that has often been at odds with the teachers' lobby.

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.

Alabama's common core standards for public schools have survived another challenge.

It appears a bill to abolish the standards is unlikely to pass the Legislature. The Common Core standards for learning in math and English were recommended by the National Governors Association.

Bills were introduced in the House and Senate to prevent adoption of the standards. The Senate bill has been indefinitely postponed. A subcommittee of the House Education Policy Committee voted Wednesday to kill the bill.