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Committee recommends defeat of bill requiring ND to drop Common Core

BISMARCK -- The House Education Committee on Wednesday recommended lawmakers defeat a bill that would require North Dakota to drop the Common Core education standards.Committee members voted 9-4 to give House Bill 1461 a do-not-pass recommendatio...

BISMARCK - The House Education Committee on Wednesday recommended lawmakers defeat a bill that would require North Dakota to drop the Common Core education standards.
Committee members voted 9-4 to give House Bill 1461 a do-not-pass recommendation. 
The bill is expected to get a vote on the House floor next week, said the committee’s chairman, Rep. Mike Nathe, R-Bismarck.
The bill would require Gov. Jack Dalrymple and state Superintendent of Public Instruction Kirsten Baesler to withdraw from a consortium that developed the Common Core assessments. School districts would have to set their own content standards and assessments until the 2017 Legislature approved new K-12 standards for math and English language arts, which would be developed by a working group made up of legislators, school administrators, college faculty, teachers, parents and others.
Baesler and other education leaders testified against the bill Monday, saying the standards and assessments were developed and reviewed by North Dakota educators and are more rigorous than previous standards, which Common Core opponents dispute.
The bill’s prime sponsor, Rep. Jim Kasper, R-Fargo, said the standards represent federal overreach and the bill would restore local control over the education system.

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