Alabama Board of Education approves common core standards for schools
Monday, 22 November 2010 09:14
By Marie Leech-The Birmingham News
The Alabama Board of Education has adopted the common core state standards for schools, making Alabama the 41st state to do so.
The board heard from nearly 40 members of the audience, who were divided on the issue. Some think the standards are necessary to get Alabama students on a level playing field with other states, while others believe it is an attempt to nationalize education.
The vote was 7-2, with members Betty Peters and Stephanie Bell voting against the initiative.
Gov. Elect Robert Bentley had asked the board to postpone its vote on the common core state standards until his policy team had a chance to review them.
State Sen. Scott Beason read the statement from Bentley, which in part said, "I feel that it is unfair to pass standards such as this when there is an incoming newly elected school board."
Bentley said in the statement that if the board approved the standards today, "I will go on record as opposing this action."
The common core state standards is an initiative of the Council of Chief State School Officers and the National Governors Association for Best Practices and would make standards the same across state lines in English language arts and mathematics.
The board had three public meetings about the standards before today's vote.
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