Combating Common Core Focus of House Members’ Legislation

Parkesburg Gazette

Press Release from Rep. John Lawrence, Pennsylvania House of Representative, 13th District

common-core-6HARRISBURG – The authors of legislation designed to prevent the possible implementation of new education standards in Pennsylvania through the Common Core State Standards Initiative formally introduced their bills [on Friday] at a state Capitol news conference. The package of legislation seeks to prevent Pennsylvania’s schools from being forced to align curricula and assessment to unproven nationally-developed Common Core Standards which were never approved by full vetting and vote of the General Assembly.

“I’ve seen my share of good and bad fruit as a resident of Adams County, and this is one apple that is rotten to the core,” said state Rep. Will Tallman (R-Adams/York), sponsor of House Bills 1551 and 1555. “In all seriousness, Common Core, in addition to removing local control from the education equation, stifles creativity and flexibility in both the teaching and learning processes…

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