Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Common Core Repeal May Include Science

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Common Core Repeal May Include Science

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A newly proposed version of the Common Core repeal bill that's being sponsored by West Virginia House of Delegates leaders would also ditch the state's upcoming new science standards. Lawmakers revealed a committee substitute for House Bill 4014 in a House Education Committee meeting Wednesday. The original bill was filed last week with Education Chairman Paul Espinosa, R-Jefferson, Majority Leader Daryl Cowles, R-Morgan, and nine other Republicans as sponsors.

The substitute, which committee members haven't yet approved and plan to take up again at 9 a.m. today, would expand the bill to not only require a repeal of West Virginia's math and English language arts K-12 education standards, which are similar to Common Core, but also stop the state from implementing the non-Common Core science standards.

The state Board of Education approved those science standards in April, with the intent that students would begin learning them next school year. The school board's April vote came with amendments to the few proposed standards that dealt with teaching about global warming, despite significant local and national criticism of previous alterations to the climate change standards that the board retracted amid the controversy.

Still, groups that denounced the previous changes - they said they cast unwarranted doubt on the scientific consensus that fossil fuel emissions are driving global warming - said the new ones were still progress. The new standards would be the first time Mountain State students would be required to learn about the evidence for human-influenced climate change in mandatory courses.

The Common Core repeal bill would mandate that the state revert back to its pre-Common Core standards next school year and would require statewide standardized tests next school year to be aligned to those old standards. The state uses Common Core-aligned Smarter Balanced standardized tests. However, were the repeal to pass, new math and English standards would be required by the 2017-18 school year.

It also would require the state to remove from its list of approved instructional resources, such as textbooks, any resources "that have the primary purpose of teaching Common Core State Standards. …

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