Ky. GOP introduces bill to dismantle Common Core

Posted at 11:43 PM, Jan 06, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-06 23:43:42-05

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Majority Republicans in the Kentucky Senate have introduced legislation that would dismantle the state's Common Core education standards.

Senate Education Committee Chairman Mike Wilson said Wednesday the bill would create a new Kentucky-based system to oversee school standards and assessments. Wilson says the goal is to boost the number of students deemed college and career ready after graduating from high school.

Wilson says the current system has created a "quagmire of instructional compliance rather than results."

Kentucky's academic standards are based on the national Common Core standards.

The bill is the top priority of Senate Republicans in the 60-day session that began Tuesday.

A state Department of Education spokeswoman says the agency is reviewing the measure.

The education bill tops the list of priority bills for Senate Republicans this year.