The state Senate has passed a proposal that's likely to remove North Carolina from the list of states adhering to Common Core standards for what children should learn in the public schools.
The measure approved Thursday directs the State Board of Education to stop participating in developing Common Core standards. The board would then make changes following recommendations from a proposed standards commission.
The House approved its own version Wednesday. One of the measures will have to pass both chambers before going to Gov. Pat McCrory's desk. McCrory has expressed concerned about stepping away from Common Core.
The Senate version has won over North Carolina's chamber of commerce, which opposed replacing Common Core. That's because it contains language giving the state board flexibility to retain many current standards.
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Legislation that would move North Carolina's public schools away from Common Core academic standards is moving through both chambers of the General Assembly.
The House voted Wednesday in favor of a proposal to dismantle the standards for math and language arts and direct the State Board of Education to assemble new rules with help from a new commission. A somewhat similar Senate bill with the same result cleared the chamber's education committee earlier in the day.
Common Core has been used for the past couple of years and would continue to be used until replaced by the board. Common Core opponents say the rules have led to confusion among teachers and students. Legislators opposed to the bill say they're worried it could ultimately lead to other standards.