South Carolina moves on legislation to repeal Common Core

By: Travis Ragsdale Email
By: Travis Ragsdale Email

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

AIKEN COUNTY, S.C. (WRDW) -- South Carolina legislators are moving forward with a plan to repeal Common Core standards for the state.

Tuesday saw the state House give final approval to plan that would bring about a review to the current standards set forth for all public schools in the South Carolina. Now, the bill awaits the signature of Governor Nikki Haley before it’s officially put into place. Many parents have been opposed to the practice since it was first put into place in South Carolina back in 2011.

"I think the biggest problem is that it really is the math part of it,” said Mike Johnson, a parent in Aiken County. "Tying to understand, you know, as a parent, there would be no way I could help my child with homework."

If the bill is signed into law, South Carolina would not be the first state to withdraw from Common Core. Indiana repealed the practice in March.

"If you could get one generation through it that can help the next generation, sure," Johnson said. "But right now, that's one of the big drawbacks is being able to offer any help."

State leaders are calling this a big win for education in South Carolina.

"I was very pleased to find out that we're not going to have to worry about this stuff here,” Johnson said.

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