Raleigh, N.C. — House and Senate leaders appear no closer than before to reaching agreement on a bill to repeal the state's Common Core education standards.
The House Education Committee met Thursday afternoon to discuss the Senate proposal, which is slightly less stringent than the House measure.
The version approved by the Senate, Senate Bill 812, directs a new state commission to study standards nationwide, including Common Core, and choose the best set for North Carolina schools. The House doesn't want the commission to consider Common Core when selecting new academic standards.
The Senate version is the preference of the North Carolina Chamber and Gov. Pat McCrory.
But the version that was presented – as a "proposed committee substitute" for S812 – was the same as House Bill 1061, the bill the House already passed.
Sen. Jerry Tillman, R-Randolph, the sponsor of the Senate bill, was displeased that he was not told about the substitution of the House language. He told the committee it's the first time there's been a proposed committee substitute for one of his bills "that I was not given the courtesy to see first."
Rep. Craig Horn, R-Union, said the two bills are much alike but said he and Tillman have "a difference of opinion."
"I'm sure we can sit down and work something out," Horn said.
The panel approved the substituted measure 25-17, largely along party lines.
The House could vote on the Senate bill next week. After that, it would likely go to a conference committee.