Anti-Common Core bill goes to governor

This bill means nothing,” said state Sen. Chris McDaniel, R-Ellisville. “It’s smoke and mirrors.”

The measure severs ties with the national Common Core-aligned testing consortia, called PARCC, and creates the Mississippi Commission on College and Career Readiness whose members will study the state’s current K-12 education standards and determine whether they should remain in place or be changed – either in part or entirely.

But an attempt to require the state Board of Education to adopt a majority of those recommendations was removed from the final version of the bill.

“We did take that 75 percent language out, but they shall be reporting back to the governor, the House and the Senate by Dec. 1,” said House Education Committee Chairman John Moore, R-Brandon. “If there are significant changes, and (the Board of Education members) don’t act, we’ll be in here the first of January, and we’ll have to change their minds.”

The removal of that language angered members of the Senate Conservative Coalition, including McDaniel, who said the bill is now essentially useless.

State Sen. Angela Hill, R-Picayune, echoed that sentiment but voted for the measure anyway, call it the only chance Mississippi has now to kill Common Core.