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September 27, 2013

Local boards pass College and Career Ready Standards resolutions

The Athens and Limestone school boards have each passed resolutions supporting the Alabama College and Career Ready Standards, with 13 board members voting yes and one choosing to dissent.

The Limestone County Board of Education passed its resolution 6-1 during its Sept. 10 meeting, while the Athens City Board of Education unanimously approved its resolution 7-0 on Sept. 12.

Limestone resolution

The Limestone resolution states that the board “supports the Alabama College and Career Ready Standards and believes they are important to the education of its students. Due to the importance of these standards, the board requests (to the state board) that they remain in force.”

The county’s resolution said the “standards are designed to make sure that all students graduate high school with the knowledge and skills necessary for success in college” and during their careers after high school or college.

It also said the state standards “establish what students need to learn, but do not tell teachers how to teach,” while improving outcomes because students, parents and teachers “are on the same page, working toward the same goal.”

Limestone board members Earl Glaze, James Shannon, Darin Russell, Bret McGill, Anthony Hilliard and Charles Shoulders voted yes, while Marty Adams voted against the measure.

Adams, who said people should conduct independent research into CCRS, explained he could not cast a yes vote “because I don’t think it’s a proven system.”

“It’s not totally state-driven, and Alabama didn’t come up with Common Core. The federal government came up with it, more and less,” Adams said. “I just want to wait a little longer and see how things pan out with Common Core (elsewhere) ... There are some good points about Common Core but there are a lot of bad points, too.”

A coalition of state governors helped form the framework for the national Common Core Standards, which have been adopted by more than 40 states. State school boards are able to choose which standards they implement at the state level, regardless of whether they have adopted Common Core.

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