NC Senate approves Common Core conference report

Posted by Craig Jarvis on July 10, 2014 

The Senate on Thursday approved legislation repealing and replacing the state’s Common Core education standards.

The vote was on a compromise worked out with the House, although Sen. Jerry Tillman, a Republican from Archdale, said the final version is essentially the Senate’s version. Tillman said the state will have new standards in 2015-16, under the bill.

Sen. Josh Stein, a Democrat from Raleigh, voted against the bill but thanked Tillman for his persistence because it was better than the House version.

"I don't think we need to be voting on something that's less bad,” Stein said.

The agreement passed on a vote of 33-12, with one Democrat voting with Republicans: Sen. Gene McLaurin of Rockingham. The bill now awaits approval in the House next week.

The two chambers approved bills earlier this session to create a commission to rework the state’s math and language arts requirements but differed as to whether the panel could consider keeping the current Common Core standards. The final version allows the commission to consider anything.

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