Senate balks at House plan for Common Core
Posted June 25, 2014
Raleigh, N.C. — House and Senate leaders remain divided on how to approach drafting new academic standards for North Carolina public schools.
The House essentially told the Senate on Tuesday to stuff its plan to replace the national Common Core standards, and the Senate responded Wednesday by unanimously sending the issue to a conference committee to hash out their differences.
"We've got some mechanic work to do on this automobile," said Sen. Jerry Tillman, R-Randolph.
Both chambers want a new commission to study academic standards nationwide and choose the best set for North Carolina schools. The Senate is open to adopting some elements of Common Core in the new standards, while the House wants to block the commission from even considering Common Core as the new guidelines are drafted.
House members are so adamant in their stance that they took the Senate bill, stripped out its language, reinserted their own and sent it back to the Senate.
Gov. Pat McCrory and the North Carolina Chamber have expressed reservations about both repeal plans, saying standards are needed, but they prefer the Senate plan.