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A bill on banning “common core” in Missouri, filed yesterday by Representative Caleb Jones (r):

SECOND REGULAR SESSION

HOUSE BILL NO. 2091

97TH GENERAL ASSEMBLY

INTRODUCED BY REPRESENTATIVES JONES (50) (Sponsor), SPENCER, ANDERSON, FITZWATER, DAVIS, FUNDERBURK, HICKS, GUERNSEY, REHDER, KOENIG, ROSS, RICHARDSON, HAAHR, FRAKER AND MESSENGER (Co-sponsors).

5672H.02I      D. ADAM CRUMBLISS, Chief Clerk

AN ACT

To repeal sections 160.514, 160.518, 160.526, 160.820, and 161.092, RSMo, and to enact in lieu thereof five new sections relating to common core educational standards.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the state of Missouri, as follows:

[….]

5. Notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary:

           (1) The state board of education shall not implement or take any action relating to common core standards;

           (2) No school district shall adopt common core standards to provide instruction in the essential knowledge and skills required for each grade level; and

           (3) No school district or open-enrollment charter school shall adopt a curricular framework or materials derived from the common core state standards and shall not accept public or private money for the purchasing of materials to support a common core standards curriculum.

           6. Any actions taken by the state board of education prior to August 28, 2014 that are in violation of section 160.514, 160.518, or 160.526 shall be considered null and void.

           7. For the purposes of this chapter, the term “common core standards” shall mean the standards developed by the common core state standards initiative.

….The state board of education shall not adopt or develop a criterion-referenced assessment instrument under this section that is based on common core standards. The statewide assessment shall measure, where appropriate by grade level, a student’s knowledge of academic subjects including, but not limited to, reading skills, writing skills, mathematics skills, world and American history, forms of government, geography and science.

           2. The assessment system shall only permit the academic performance of students in each school in the state to be tracked against prior academic performance in the same school and shall not be reproduced or duplicated in any form for reporting to educational entities that are not funded by this state.

[….]

2. The state board of education shall consider any memorandum of agreement with any assessment consortium funded by the United States Department of Education null and void by legislative action, and shall by contract enlist the assistance of such national experts, [as approved by the commission established pursuant to section 160.510,] to receive reports, advice and counsel on a regular basis pertaining to the validity and reliability of the statewide assessment system.

[….]

[emphasis in original]

Do we detect that all too common twitch of tentherism in this legislation? Just asking.

“In the first place God made idiots. This was for practice. Then he made School Boards.”

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