House Bill 1240: Proposes a Study of the Common Core State Standards

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Last Updated: February 25, 2013
House Bill 1240: Proposes a Study of the Common Core State Standards
Sponsors:
Representative Strama
Summary:

House Bill 1240 authorizes a study committee to compare Texas's required public school curriculum with the Common Core State Standards. The study would make recommendation to the legislature in 2014. HB 1240 also allows the study agency to to accept gifts, grants, or donations from any source to fund the research.

HSLDA's Position:
Oppose.

Study committees are often used by legislatures to propose bills in future sessions that the sponsor believes cannot pass currently. Opposition to the Common Core standards starts by opposing the study committee.

The Common Core State Standards are standards published by the National Governors Association in 2010 for public schools.

"The Common Core State Standards specifically do not apply to private or homeschools, unless they receive government dollars (online charter school programs have no such protection).... HSLDA believes that a one-size-fits-all approach to education crowds out other educational options, including the freedom of parents to choose homeschools and private schools. A common curriculum and tests based off Common Core State Standards could be very harmful to homeschoolers if their college of choice refuses to accept a student’s high school transcript if it is not based on the Common Core State Standards. Homeschoolers could also have trouble on the SAT if the test is fundamentally altered to reflect only one specific curriculum. And our greatest worry is that if the Common Core State Standards is fully adopted by all states, policy makers down the road will attempt to change state legislation to require all students—including homeschool and private school students—to be taught and tested according to the Common Core State Standards." (Common Core State Initiative: Too Close to a National Curriculum ).

Action Requested:
None at this time
Status:

02/13/2013     House/Senate     Introduced.
02/25/2013     House/Senate     Referred to Public Education.
Bill died in committee.

Background:

The Common Core Standards Initiative was aggressively touted by President Obama as a key part of his national educational plan. Each state has received significant pressure from the federal government to adopt the Common Core Standards. States began implementing the Common Core Standards after the administration required the adoption of these standards as one of the criteria it would consider in determining which states would receive federal “Race to the Top” money. For more information on the CCSI, please read this article by HSLDA’s Director of Federal Relations Will Estrada.

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