Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- A Senate panel is considering a bill that would bar South Carolina from implementing national education standards in math and reading.
Sen. Mike Fair's proposal would block standards known as Common Core. South Carolina's education board adopted the curriculum in 2010. Full implementation is set for 2014-15.
No action was taken. The next hearing will be Feb. 23.
Common Core outlines what skills K-12 students nationwide should learn to be ready for college and careers, replacing the standards that now vary state-to-state. Forty-five states have adopted the curriculum. The initiative was led by governors and chief state school officers.
Gov. Nikki Haley supports Fair's bill. In a letter to Fair, Haley says South Carolina shouldn't relinquish control to a consensus of states any more than the federal government.
(Copyright 2012, The Associated Press)