Election Impact: The Future of Common Core in Alabama

MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) —The June 3rd primaries may play a role in deciding the future of Common Core. It was the focus of several races.

State School Board Candidate Mike Parsons and Senate Candidate George Barry both made Common Core a focus of their message.

Both lost.

Mary Scott Hunter beat Parsons in the State Board of Education race, saying, “As an issue, it just hasn’t been able to get a leg. It hasn’t been able to get a foothold at any of the junctures.”

Fighting Common Core stirred a lot of passion in this last legislative session, but it doesn’t seem to have much of a foothold for real progress.

Representative Mike Ball (R – Madison) adds perspective, “Most of us in the legislature, our position is, you know we got a state school board that’s elected. That’s their decision.”

Hunter sees the election results as a sign, saying, “At this point, it’s time to move on. A lot of us have already begun to move on.”

Ball notes, “There wasn’t a lot of real good discussion on anybody’s part.”

He hopes that the failure of anit-Common Core sentiments to change the outcome of races, evolves the discussion, “The issue isn’t going to go away, and it shouldn’t. But I am hopeful that now we can sit down, and we can have a discussion. I will say this, the people who are anti-Common Core, they haven’t won the hearts of the public. If they win the hearts of the public, they don’t have to worry about me. I work for the public.”


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