House Takes Small Swing At Common Core, Foreshadows More To Come

"I want to make sure those bills are fairly heard," Womick says of his proposals targeting Common Core. "Over the last four to five weeks, we've been hitting a brick wall." (Photo via flickr/user: Rick Womick For State Rep.)

“I want to make sure those bills are fairly heard,” Womick says of his proposals targeting Common Core. “Over the last four to five weeks, we’ve been hitting a brick wall.” (Photo via flickr/user: Rick Womick For State Rep.)

House lawmakers stopped short Monday night of a vote to undo the Common Core educational standards, instead passing a less sweeping bill.  But some are still hoping for a head-on confrontation over the grade-level benchmarks, which almost every state has adopted.

Among the critiques of Common Core, conservatives say it gives up too much state control over education, while opening the door to data-mining. The bill passed Monday night by the House and on its way to the Senate floor would make sure school districts don’t collect student data related to politics, religion or gun ownership.

Beyond that, Rep. Rick Womick was ready to add several amendments going a lot further—for instance, dismantling the test that comes with Common Core.  But he withdrew those amendments without forcing a vote, saying his point was to get the full House to at least hear his legislation, which has been held up for weeks in committee; the governor isn’t keen on rolling back Common Core.

Still, Womick says the push is coming: “And the next time, we will be voting.  It will not be a withdrawal.  We will be voting for those bills.”

If the committee won’t hear him out, Womick says he’ll try calling his bills directly to a House vote.

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