MADISON, Ala. (WHNT) – The Madison Board of Education held a special called meeting Friday morning and passed a resolution to denounce legislative attempts to repeal or unravel Common Core educational standards most states are implementing to raise educational standards, including Alabama.
The school board condemned any new “compromise” bill that would essentially freeze the process of phasing in subjects.
Madison started the Common Core math standards two years ago and this year, the schools began the English and Language Arts standards.
The board also opposes any compromise moratorium legislation that would allow local school districts to “opt-out” of the standards, and would place a moratorium on adoption of additional standards until 2017.
The resolution from Madison says both legislative measures undermine local school systems’ ability to prepare students for careers. The board urges all members of the state senate, especially senators in Madison County’s legislative delegation, to oppose both measures.
Dr. Dee Fowler, Madison’s Superintendent, said Madison students are making great strides under the more rigorous standards. He spoke in detail this week with WHNT News 19 about why he supports Common Core, as part of our weekly Leadership Perspectives segment. He also said he supports how Madison is implementing the standards.
“We’re very concerned about the repeal of the Common Core standards in the state of Alabama,” said Fowler. “This is a more rigorous curriculum, and we welcome, and I think most of our parents welcome, a more rigorous curriculum.”
Board Chairman Ray White missed the meeting because of work conflict, but issued the following statement:
“A rigorous curriculum is vital to preparing our kids to compete globally. That is why our local business leadership and military leadership are also strongly supportive of ACCRS. In our school system and many other school districts around the state, we have made tremendous strides over the past decade with our curriculum and instruction. One of the key reasons Madison gets results like half our seniors each year securing scholarships and 20 percent scoring higher than 30 on the ACT is the robust curriculum. To be forced to change that would be a significant blow to Madison City.”
Board members Ranae Bartlett, Terry Johnson, Connie Spears and David Hergenroeder also spoke strongly for keeping the standards and allowing school boards to determine education policy.
“This is not a legislative issue. This is an education issue. Our children need to stop being used as pawns for political gain,” said Mrs. Spears.