NC Senate passes Common Core replacement bill

Jun. 05, 2014 @ 04:13 PM

The state Senate has passed a proposal that's likely to remove North Carolina from the list of states adhering to Common Core standards for what children should learn in the public schools.

The measure approved Thursday directs the State Board of Education to stop participating in developing Common Core standards. The board would then make changes following recommendations from a proposed standards commission.

The House approved its own version Wednesday. One of the measures will have to pass both chambers before going to Gov. Pat McCrory's desk. McCrory has expressed concerned about stepping away from Common Core.

The Senate version has won over North Carolina's chamber of commerce, which opposed replacing Common Core. That's because it contains language giving the state board flexibility to retain many current standards.