Carolina Journal – Members of a state legislative panel are concerned that a new federal education law could keep in place controversial Common Core educational standards that dictate to states how students are taught and what they must learn.
Lawmakers quizzed state Superintendent of Public Instruction June Atkinson on Tuesday during a meeting of the Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee about the Every Student Succeeds Act, signed into law in December by President Obama.
“I think there is an ongoing concern that there is an effort, perhaps, starting at the federal level to kind of rebrand [Common Core], or continue it,” despite heavy public opposition, said Rep. Bert Jones, R-Rockingham.
The new 1,059-page law, scheduled to take effect in the 2017-18 school year, is an update of the former Elementary and Secondary Education Act, also known as the No Child Left Behind Act.
The ESSA law provides “tremendous flexibility to the state while maintaining some of the requirements of No Child Left Behind,” Atkinson said.
The U.S. Department of Education has not released final regulations, so writing specific provisions in the state’s plan is difficult. The plan, which must align with the federal law, is scheduled for submission in December.
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