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Common core implementation remains uncertain in Pennsylvania

This week, Pennsylvania Republicans in the Senate and the House were informed that Common Core Standards implementation would be delayed.

According to The Morning Call, following years of discussion, development of curriculum, costs and implementation, and public hearings, Gov. Tom Corbett decided he wants the State Board of Education to spend more time working on the Common Core initiative.

The State Board adopted Common Core Standards in July 2010. Since that time, the decision was made to craft a set of PA Common Core Standards in English, Language Arts, and Mathematics. A group of Pennsylvania educators created a draft set of PA Common Core Standards, meant to improve a student’s education.

Throughout the standards development, moving them forward has garnered resistance from both liberals and conservatives. Both sides have not had their questions answered or concerns addressed. Pennsylvania residents want the State Board to take a hard look at the financial aspect, and what the students would be learning.

Corbett’s decision to delay coincides with another Common Core defeat in Indiana. Indiana is following suit with other states that have scrapped the standards, and its associated costs.

The financial uncertainty has caught the attention of Sen. Andy Dinniman, D-Chester, who “introduced a bill calling for a moratorium on implementation of the standards and Keystone exams, citing unknown costs, among other reasons.”

The Morning Call wrote, “…on Monday during a private budget meeting, the administration informed Republicans in the Senate and House they were going to delay the review, said Erik Arneson, spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi, R-Delaware.

“We view it as a good decision to postpone submitting the proposed regulations,” Arneson told The Morning Call.

Despite the delayed request, Tim Eller, spokesman for the state Department of Education, told the Morning Call, “School districts are encouraged to continue to prepare for the Pennsylvania Common Core Standards to be in effect for next school year.”

Jana Benscoter

Jana Benscoter is the editor of Watchdog Wire - Pennsylvania. Contact her at Pennsylvania@WatchdogWire.com and find her on Twitter @jbenz51. Jana has worked in journalism for more than a decade, during which she’s covered topics, including: business, education, local and state government, and political corruption. Jana has been published in The Boston Globe, The Daily Caller, Drexel Alumni Magazine, Carolina Journal, Guilford Woman Magazine, The Harrisburg-Patriot News, The High Point Enterprise, Kinston Free Press, Lincoln Tribune Online, the Rhinoceros Times, and others.

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