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House Bill 704 rejects the Common Core State Standards developed by the Common Core State Standards Initiative in the U.S. Department of Education. HB 704 would prohibit the Texas State Board of Education from adopting these standards, and would limit the use of the common core by school districts and charter 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." (Quoted from Common Core State Initiative: Too Close to a National Curriculum)
01/24/2013 House Filed
02/18/2013 House Referred to Public Education.
Bill died in committee.
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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