Common Core debacle gets sillier: Editorial

The Common Core debacle just keeps getting sillier.

After an uproar over the new academic standards, state legislators passed a bill that would distance Mississippi from Common Core. The bill would have created a panel to examine the standards to see if they were a good fit for Mississippi students.

But to everyone’s surprise, Gov. Phil Bryant vetoed that legislation. Now, state education officials will conduct their own review of the academic standards.

State Superintendent Carey Wright said Monday at a luncheon sponsored by Mississippi State University’s Stennis Institute of Government and the Capitol press corps that the Mississippi Department of Education will solicit public comments for 90 days on English and math standards, according to The Associated Press.

A panel of educators will then examine comments and propose possible new standards, deletions or changes to the state Board of Education.

“At the end of the process, we will have a set of standards that are Mississippi-centric, that have had input from across the state,” Wright said.

That sounds great, but isn’t that exactly what we had before Common Core? And where did those academic standards get us? The idea behind Common Core was to have national benchmarks that challenged our students and hopefully better prepared them for college.