By Ben Velderman
HARRISBURG, Pa. – Common Core is running into some serious opposition in the Keystone State.
This May, Gov. Tom Corbett has ordered the implementation of Common Core standards to be temporarily delayed while state officials review some legal questions surrounding them.
And in just a few weeks, five pieces of anti-Common Core legislation will be introduced into the state House of Representatives, reports Jenni White of Heartlander.org.
One of the potential laws – House Bill 1551 – would prevent further implementation of the untested, national learning standards for math and English, White reports.
What makes this repeal attempt meaningful is that significant numbers of lawmakers from both parties are opposed to Common Core.
Republican state Rep. Will Tallman is leading the charge in the House of Representatives. Not only will he have the support of conservatives, but he might be joined by a number of Democrats. As White notes, the Legislature’s Democratic caucus came out against Common Core in May.
This rare display of bipartisanship should have anti-Core activists enthused about their prospects of stopping the national standards from taking full effect in 2014.
But will it be too little, too late?
As MontogmeryNews.com reports, the legislative effort to dump Common Core isn’t stopping Pennsylvania school districts from implementing the new standards.
The reality is that changing standards is an involved and time-consuming process, one that school leaders can’t delay due to proposed legislation, according to North Penn School District official Toni Butz.
“You can’t change [curriculum] like you change a pair of jeans,” Butz told MontogmeryNews.com. “It takes quite a bit of time to do. I liken it to trying to change the course of an oceanic liner – once you start a school district on a course of change, to do an about face is not possible. It would take a while to change where we are headed, and we’re already headed there.”
The five anti-Common Core bills will be released as a package in August in the Pennsylvania House, according to White.