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House Bill 462 limits the use of the Common Core State Standards in Texas public schools. HB 462 ensures that school districts are not required to teach the Common Core and prohibits the State Board of Education from adopting the Common Core. HB 462 also prohibits the Texas Education Agency and Commissioner from adopting or developing a student or teacher assessment based on the Common Core.
"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." (Quoted from Common Core State Initiative: Too Close to a National Curriculum)
01/10/2013 House Introduced.
02/11/2013 House Referred to Public Education Committee.
04/12/2013 House Scheduled for public hearing on April 16, 2013.
04/16/2013 House Committee substitute considered in committee; Testimony taken; Left pending in committee.
04/25/2013 House Considered in formal meeting; Substitute considered; Reported favorably as substituted.
05/03/2013 House Placed on General State Calendar for May 6, 2013.
05/06/2013 House Read second time.
05/07/2013 House Read third time and passed in the House.
05/09/2013 Senate Introduced; Referred to Committee on Education.
05/17/2013 Senate Considered in public hearing; Testimony taken; Reported favorably as substituted.
05/21/2013 Senate Senate passes bill.
05/23/2013 House House concurs with Senate amendment.
05/24/2013 House Signed in the House.
05/24/2013 Senate Signed in the Senate.
05/27/2013 Senate Sent to Governor.
06/14/2013 Senate Signed into law by the governor.
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 Obama 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 recent article by HSLDA’s Director of Federal Relations Will Estrada.
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