UPDATED: SB-443 Would Allow Common Core Opt-Out For Alabama Schools

HUNTSVILLE, Ala.(WHNT) – A bill that would allow Alabama school systems to opt-out of the Common Core curriculum has been formally introduced in the state legislature.

Senate Bill 443 is a nine-page bill sponsored by Senators Beason, Glover, Sanford, McGill, Holley, Marsh, Ward, Hightower, Allen, Smith, Whatley, Pittman and Reed.  As of Thursday, it was listed in committee.

The proposal puts the opt-out provision in place for Common Core Math and English Language Arts standards that have already been implemented by many Alabama schools.

Proponents said the bill guarantees local control over school curriculum, but Alabama Board of Education Member Mary Scott Hunter called it nothing more than a clever trick meant to unravel Alabama College and Career Ready Standards.  Hunter told WHNT News 19 that several state senators had been in contact with her about the legislation, which she adamantly opposes.

“It’s not a compromise.  It’s just another bad piece of legislation,” said Hunter. “With some sort of wonky opt-out provision, how could we ensure that every student in Alabama was getting the very best education we could give them? It’s not a standard if you can opt-out.”

SB-443 calls on school boards to adopt curriculum standards that were in place before Common Core, if they choose to opt-out. Lawmakers said a related bill that had called for all-out repeal of Common Core is likely dead for now.

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