Legal battle brewing over Ala. educational standards

Legal battle brewing over Ala. educational standards

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So far Alabama has only adopted the Common Core standards for math and plans to adopt the standards for language next year. Source: WBRC video So far Alabama has only adopted the Common Core standards for math and plans to adopt the standards for language next year. Source: WBRC video
Anna Vacca, Deputy Superintendent for Instruction for Jefferson County Schools. Anna Vacca, Deputy Superintendent for Instruction for Jefferson County Schools.

A legislative battle is brewing over setting educational standards in Alabama classrooms.

At issue is the Common Core Standards program. It was developed by a consortium of governors. The Alabama Board of Education adopted the standards back in 2010.

"It's trying to raise the rigor, raise the standards so that there is a commonality across the nation. So that a student from Alabama and goes to California, they are about in the same place," Anna Vacca, Deputy Superintendent for Instruction for Jefferson County Schools said.

So far Alabama has only adopted the standards for math and plans to adopt the standards for language next year.

But some conservative groups are raising serious questions. The Alabama Federation of Republican Women passed a resolution opposing the adoption of common core standards.

In Montgomery, a pair of bills have been introduced, HB 254 and SB 190, calling for public hearings before any new standards are adopted. Vacca said the program offers students choices.

"What are my long term goals? It's about goal setting. Deciding where I need to go. Gives kids options so that they are not set on a path to move right or left," Vacca said.

Critics still believe the program will allow too much control for the U.S. Department of Education. Vacca said Alabama has controlled the program.

"They adopted the common core but Alabama added to our own pieces and emphasis areas. They have done common core plus their own standard," Vacca said.

A public hearing about the bill is set for Wednesday at the Statehouse in Montgomery.

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