Sponsor of anti-Common Core bill stands his ground

Georgia needs to get out of national standards movement
The House Education Committee will take up its amended bill today on Common Core State Standards at 3 p.m.

You can read the rewritten bill hereand get more details in this blog entry.

While the House contends the changes make the bill more acceptable, the sponsor disagrees.

At  a hearing last week, Sen. William Ligon, R-Brunswick, told the House Ed Committee and an overflow crowd that the purpose of his bill was to ensure transparency in how we adopt standards. However, his statement below makes it clear that he’s now standing by the original goal of Senate Bill 167 — getting Georgia out of Common Core and preventing the adoption of any other national standards or tests.

Here is the announcement of his press conference today where he will make that point:

Sen. William Ligon (R-Brunswick) will hold a press conference TODAY, Wednesday, March 12, at 12:00 p.m. in the Senate Press Room regarding the latest developments on SB 167, legislation to withdraw Georgia from the Common Core standards. Due to the House Education Committee releasing a substantially weaker substitute bill for SB 167 in advance of the upcoming Wednesday committee meeting, Sen. Ligon is withdrawing his support for the bill.

“I have communicated with committee members, Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Georgia and American Principles in Action (APIA) that I cannot support this House substitute circulated out on Monday and Tuesday because it does nothing to stop our State from continuing its involvement in the national standards movement,” stated Sen. Ligon. “I will discuss my reasons for withdrawing support during the press conference and will provide the opportunity for these and other organizations to share their views about the new substitute language.”

By Maureen Downey
AJC Get Schooled

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