Two bills seeking to make changes to the use of the California-adopted Common Core State Standards (CCSS) took center stage this week.
CTA-opposed SB 1016 by Senator Mark Wyland (R-Escondido) failed to pass out of the Senate Education Committee on Wednesday.
SB 1016 is an urgency bill suspending the $1.25 billion allocated to implement the adopted CCSS in the 2013-14 budget effective May 15, 2014.
CTA-opposed AB 2307 by Assembly Member Tim Donnelly (R-Twin Peaks) also failed passage in the Assembly Education Committee on Wednesday.
AB 2307 would have authorized a school district to opt out of any state statute or regulation requiring the use of California adopted CCSS. CTA opposed this bill because it jeopardized the commitment California has made to implement the adopted standards.
The two CTA-opposed bills would have created confusion in the field since local educational agencies are well on their way toward utilizing the $1.25 billion appropriated to schools for instructional materials, professional development, and technology costs associated with the implementation of the common core standards.