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House bill to eliminate Common Core passes second reading

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HELENA -  Two bills dealing with education and Common Core moved ahead another step in the Legislature over the weekend.

House Bill 377 passed a second reading 55-45 on Saturday in Helena. 

It would repeal Common Core Standards for Math and English and the Smarter Balanced Testing, according to Rep. Debra Lamm, (R-Livingston). It also creates a council to study future standards.

Rep. Edie McClafferty, D-Butte, a fifth grade teacher, said she likes the standards and different methods.

Rep. Jeff Essmann, R-Billings, called Common Core "corporatist" standards that went through a faulty process that failed to involve parents.

Rep. Jean Price, D-Great Falls, said the local school boards determine the curriculum for how to accomplish the standards.

Lamm disagrees and says Common Core standards determine how the boards establish the curriculum.

"The issue is the actual direction of education and how that's going to be accomplished," Lamm said. "They say well we need to have standards, the local districts still have control of the curriculum. Unfortunately, when all the curriculum is being aligned to the Common Core, that's not really true independence for the curriculum."

House Bill 501 would require school districts to obtain written parental consent to collect information, also passed the second reading.

Both bills move onto a House Appropriations Committee hearing on Tuesday.

House Bill 377 passed a second reading 55-45 on Saturday in Helena.

It would repeal Common Core Standards for Math and English and the Smarter Balanced Testing, according to Rep. Debra Lamm, (R-Livingston). It also creates a council to study future standards.

Rep. Edie McClafferty, (D-Butte), a fifth-grade teacher, said she likes the standards and different methods.

Rep. Jeff Essmann, (R-Billings), called Common Core "corporatist" standards that went through a faulty process that failed to involve parents.

Rep. Jean Price, (D-Great Falls), said the local school boards determine the curriculum for how to accomplish the standards.

Lamm disagreed and said Common Core standards determine how the boards establish the curriculum.

"The issue is the actual direction of education and how that's going to be accomplished," Lamm said. "They say well we need to have standards, the local districts still have control of the curriculum. Unfortunately, when all the curriculum is being aligned to the Common Core, that's not really true independence for the curriculum."

House Bill 501 would require school districts to obtain written parental consent to collect information, also passed the second reading.

Both bills move onto a House Appropriations Committee hearing on Tuesday.

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