RALEIGH, N.C. – Thursday the North Carolina House of Representatives passed HB 1061 with a vote of 78 to 39. The bill would repeal and replace Common Core State Standards.
The Senate passed its version on Tuesday, and now the House Committee Substitute to the SB 370 bill will be going back to the Senate and into conference for final shaping.
Before the vote, when the floor was opened up for debate in the House, members of the legislature voiced their concerns or support. [see video supplied by WRAL.com]
Rep. Marcus Brandon (D-Guilford) was opposed and said, “We are using this bill to appease about 20 percent of the population that’s very upset about something that’s very misconstrued.”
With tongue in cheek, Brandon went on to say, “This bill was about indoctrination, Obama. We want to do a repeal and replace and we have to be very careful because we tried to do that with Obamacare…and we still have a fiasco in this state in how we’re dealing with that.”
Brandon’s main concern was that he doesn’t see a clear set of standards to use as a replacement for the ones presently used. He also said, “so now we’re going to take all this on because we’re big bad North Carolina and Obama can’t tell us what to do.”
In response to Brandon’s remarks, the main sponsor of the bill Rep. Bryan Holloway (R-Rockingham) gave a comprehensive look at what the bill intends to do with the Common Core.
Holloway said, under the bill, the school board wouldn’t be purchasing tests or other materials connected to Common Core.
The standards are in place, the curriculum has been created to go along with those standards and to say that we’re operating with no standards is a little exaggeration.
If we ripped the rug called Common Core out from underneath our school system today, which would leave us with no standards, then we would be in jeopardy of having to send $400 million dollars, roughly, back to the federal government.
But we are not doing that. We are going to take the state board…they are already going to do a five year study…this is not the first time the standards have ever been amended. This will not be the last time the standards have ever been amended. They’re going to do this anyway. They’re going to make changes. We’re saying in this bill, when you do your review next year, we want you to move away from Common Core.
We want high standards. If there are pieces or components of Common Core that you think are age appropriate, they can take those individual pieces, but as a whole they need toward something new and we want more rigorous standards.
As it stands, a majority in both houses voted to repeal and replace Common Core. Once the final version is crafted, it will go to Governor McCrory to sign. McCrory has generally been in support of the standards, so whether he will sign off or allow it to take effect is still a question.
Authored by Ann Kane