Landrigan: NH House passes anti-Common Core bill, heading to Hassan's desk
CONCORD - Common Core standards have social conservatives seeing red.
"What's most objectionable about it is New Hampshire can do better than Common Core,'' said Bryan McCormack, Executive Director of Cornerstone Action NH.
"Parents and students in this state deserve a higher academic standard than is being provided and this bill helps clarify what's being told to parents around the state and that is that school districts have to implement Common Core and that isn't the truth.''
Some local school boards, teacher unions and superintendents all favored opting out of the federal program.
But supporters insist it is nothing to worry about.
"Common Core standards are not to be feared,'' said State Rep. Barbara Shaw, D-Manchester and a retired educator. "We should actually be helping our districts, and our teachers and our students with this transition because together is the key.''
The Republican-led Legislature has jumped in with both feet, the House and Senate passing bills to block Washington from imposing standards for students to have math and language art skills.
They insist the Obama administration is trying to trample on local control.
"But have you seen any of the presentations being made from the department to the superintendents?" said Rep. Glenn Cordell, R-Tuftonboro. "They are pushing Common Core."
Gov. Maggie Hassan supports Common Core, and her spokesman said the U.S. Education Department could "withhold critical education funds'' for districts that don't play ball.
Hassan hasn't said she'd veto, and McCormack holds out hope of talking her off that ledge.
Supporters of the bill insist this isn't about whether assessment tests are a good idea.
This is really about the federal government coming into New Hampshire, a big state with regards to local control, and telling all school districts what to do.
The House passed the anti-Common Core bill, 202-138, a solid margin but well short of the two-thirds majority needed to overcome a veto from Hassan.