Friday, March 15, 2013

Opposite of Intention

This week the Downsizing State Government Committee in the Missouri House of Representatives passed out HB616.  The language is short and simple...

Notwithstanding any other law, the state board of education shall not adopt, and the department of elementary and secondary education shall not implement, the Common Core State Standards developed by the Common Core Standards Initiative. Any actions taken to adopt or implement the Common Core State Standards as of the effective date of this section are void. Common Core State Standards or any other statewide education standards shall not be adopted or implemented without the approval of the general assembly.

I find it interesting that a committee charged with downsizing state government passed out a bill that would require the Legislature's involvement in adopting and implementing education standards.  That doesn't seem like a downsize of government to me, but rather the opposite.

We know a key value of successful organizations is their ability to be agile in the face of change.  This bill heads in the opposite direction.

It seems, however, that local school districts could still implement the common core.

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