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April 17, 2013

Common Core opponents score 1st victory in Alabama

— MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Republicans seeking to repeal the Common Core educational standards in Alabama have scored their first victory.

The Senate Education Committee used a sharply divided voice vote Wednesday to approve a bill knocking down the standards adopted by the State Board of Education. Two previous bills to do the same thing stalled in the House and Senate education committees earlier in the legislative session. The bill's sponsor, Republican Sen. Scott Beason of Gardendale, said Alabama should have its own standards rather than the Common Core standards adopted by many other states.

State Superintendent of Education Tommy Bice called the vote "politics at its worst."

The committee's chairman, Republican Dick Brewbaker, said factors in the turnaround included the Republican National Committee coming out against Common Core and better committee attendance by Republicans.

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