BOSTON, Mass. (Mar. 18, 2015) – A Massachusetts House bill to terminate Common Core educational standards, an important step toward nullifying nationalized education in the state, has stalled in committee and will likely need more signatures to appear on the ballot in November.
House Bill 3929 (H.3929) is the result of a initiative petition files by End Common Core Massachusetts. Because that group was able to gather 100,000 signatures from Sept. 16 to Nov. 18 of last year, the legislature is now considering the question of terminating Common Core standards.
Sen. Ryan Fattman (R-Webster), Rep. Kevin Kuros (R-Uxbridge), and Rep. Donald Berthiaume (R-Spencer) signed on as sponsors for H.3929. The legislation would void Common Core standards at the end of the 2016-2017 school year and create a framework that would establish state standards to replace them. It reads, in part:
Notwithstanding the provisions of any general or special law to the contrary, the vote taken by the Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education on July 21, 2010, to adopt the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics and English Language Arts is hereby rescinded. The curriculum frameworks in Mathematics and English Language Arts that were in effect prior to that date are hereby restored.
The new standards would be determined by “committees made up exclusively of public school teachers and academics from private and public colleges and universities established and operated in Massachusetts.” Three review committees would be commissioned for science and technology, mathematics and English. The committees would…