House Resolution Seeks Local Control Of Education Standards

June 19, 2013
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The state House of Representatives this week passed a resolution urging the Pennsylvania secretary of education and the State Board of Education to help protect the right of local school officials to establish education standards, and not to turn that right over to a multi-state organization.

The debate hinges on Pennsylvania’s adoption of Common Core State Standards, a set of standards developed by the National Governors Association and education officials from across the country.  The House resolution calls for state education leaders to “refrain from establishing required reading lists for Pennsylvania students, imposing a statewide curriculum or subjecting Commonwealth students to a national standardized assessment.”

State Representative Lee James, from Oil City, says he voted in favor of the resolution as an attempt “to try to protect local control.”  James added that the best way to provide a quality education may vary based on geography.

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