FRANKFORT — A comprehensive piece of legislation was received Feb. 21 on the Kentucky House of Representatives floor. Senate Bill 1 focuses on a vast array of education issues. One of the many goals SB1 seeks to accomplish is a repeal of the Common Core curriculum in Kentucky schools.
If SB1 is passed into law, it would call for Common Core to be repealed after new standards are put in place. The bill also calls for different measures in dealing with schools that perform below required standards. The standards by which schools are judged would receive an upgrade, as well, under the new law.
With SB1, performance standards for Kentucky public schools would be updated every six years, with the updates structured by educators from public schools and higher education institutions, along with input from people in the community. The system used to rate schools would change under Senate Bill 1. The method for evaluating teachers, principals and other school staff would be developed by each local school district.
State Senator Mike Wilson, a Republican from the Bowling Green district, introduced this bill. Wilson is the Chairman of the Senate Education Committee. SB1 passed through the Senate with bipartisan support at a final vote of 35 in favor and 0 opposed. The House of Representatives must now give a vote of approval before the bill can become law.
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