The Missouri state house has passed a bill to protect local and state control of education by phasing out the Common Core educational standards.
House Bill 1490 (HB1490) passed through the House on Thursday by a 132-19 vote. The bill would create “new academic performance standards that meet the needs of the students of the state” to be sent “to the state board of education by October 1, 2015.” This would give the schools some time to transition off of the Common Core standards that have been foisted upon them by many powerful interests.
“The goal is to give the schools that have invested a lot of time preparing for what Governor Nixon obligated them to a graceful way out, while stopping Common Core in the long run,” Ron Calzone of Missouri First said.
Largely unbeknownst to the American public, Common Core gives the feds the power to collect all kinds of data from children including Social Security numbers, blood type, records of school attendance, supposed learning disabilities, religious affiliation, disciplinary records, parents’ income information. The curriculum also eschews classic literature in favor of drab, technical manuals. Although the program is touted as a state initiative, it was largely devised, promoted and funded through the federal government, an unconstitutional extension of federal power into the states’ education system.
HB1490 promotes decentralized government and takes control from unaccountable federal bureaucrats and puts it back into the hands of the people.
The legislation was introduced by Rep. Kurt Bahr (R-102) on Jan. 16 and has since garnered 12 co-sponsors. Now that it has been passed through the House, the Senate will have to concur before the bill can go to Gov. Nixon’s desk to be signed into law.
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