By Hannah Oh
Originally posted by State Budget Solutions on June 9, 2014
Multiple state efforts to repeal the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) have culminated in success in recent weeks. Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin and South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley both signed bills that effectively repeal the CCSS that were previously adopted in their states in 2010. Oklahoma will now return to the educational standards that were established before it adopted the CCSS, and the state board of education will develop new standards to be enacted in August 2016. In South Carolina, the CCSS will continue to remain in place this upcoming school year while the state creates its own replacement standards for 2015-2016.
Oklahoma and South Carolina now join Indiana as the only three states to successfully pass legislation to repeal the CCSS. Other states have been able to pause or delay its implementation. State legislators and others opposed to the CCSS have gained momentum in the past few months.
This past week, North Carolina’s House and Senate also passed two separate bills to repeal and replace the CCSS. Both bills would direct the state board of education to end any further development of the CCSS and to assemble a new set of guidelines based on recommendations from a newly formed commission. The new commission would create and propose state standards that are specifically tailored to meet North Carolina’s educational needs. The CCSS would remain effective until the new standards were ready for implementation. Despite the bills’ minor differences, Lt. Governor Dan Forest expects both chambers to quickly reach a compromise and reconcile the two pieces of legislation.
All of these recent efforts highlight and reinforce the level of discretion state lawmakers have in determining whether or not to keep the CCSS for their states. As states start to seriously weigh the costs and benefits associated with the CCSS, the long battle over state education policy and funding will not only intensify, but it will force state leaders to face a difficult decision––leaving the Common Core State Standards with an uncertain future.