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3/15/2013

Curriculum bill put on hold

By SARAH LUNDGREN The Brunswick News

The current fervor behind a Senate bill that would remove Georgia from the nationwide Common Core Standards hit a major road block in the state legislature.

The roadblock, says the sponsor of the measure, Sen. William Ligon, R-St. Simons Island, is time, or the lack of it.

Time has simply ran out, he said.

But there's always next year, he said.

"The bill is currently in the Senate Education Committee, where it will rest until the beginning of the next legislative session," he said.

In the meantime, Ligon plans to capitalize on the support he has earned across the state and hopes to continue creating awareness for what the bill would mean.

"We've had inquiries from across the state about the bill, so we'll plan on responding to those, and we're seeing support growing all the time. Grass roots organizations are beginning to look at this and understand what's going on," he said.

Ligon said a lot of people are not entirely aware of what's involved in the Common Core Standards or how Georgia schools have implemented the new curriculum.

He pointed out that the movement in Georgia hasn't been the only outcry.

"It's a growing movement across the nation where a lot of organizations and individuals are very concerned about it," Ligon said. "We're still learning about what's going on and the more we learn, the more we see this was a bad policy move from the state."

Ligon said state education representatives and teachers had little if any input in the Common Core Standards, which he feels is unacceptable.

"What we want in Georgia is an open, transparent process. We want our teachers, our parents, our universities, our technical schools and our businesses in this state involved in the standard writing process," Ligon said.

He doesn't think holding students in individual states to a national standard in a diversified nation is a good idea.

"Teachers and parents especially know what is going on in the classroom and we're not the same all across this nation. We have different schedules, different interests, different businesses," Ligon said.

"We need the ability to innovate, adapt and react quickly to what's going on in the classroom and Common Core suffocates that."

Forty-four states adopted the Common Core Curriculum. Georgia did during the administration of Gov. Sonny Perdue.

* Reporter Sarah Lundgren writes about education and other local topics. Contact her at slundgren@thebrunswicknews.com, on Facebook or at 265-8320, ext. 322.