State Board of Education OKs Common Core

Mississippi’s Board of Education approved new Common Core-aligned English and math courses Friday, but not before some board members objected, saying they believe teachers and students need another year to prepare.

“I’ve had so many calls from teachers who said we were putting it on them a little bit too fast,” board member Charles McClelland of Jackson said Friday.

Leaders of the state Department of Education said they will work with teachers but said districts are supposed to be several years into implementation.

“You’ve got to do it to make it happen,” state Superintendent Carey Wright said. “We’ll support our teachers.”

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2/24/14