Ky. Senate committee discusses proposal to repeal Common Core Standard


by Brooke Hasch

Posted on March 13, 2014 at 6:20 PM

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WHAS11) -- The Senate Education Committee heard testimony Thursday on a proposal to repeal the Common Core Standard in Kentucky.

Schickel is the sponsor of SB224, which asks the state to repeal the Common Core Standard in the state, a set of guidelines that have slowly become a national standard in the last few years.

"One is a vision that is controlled by big government and big corporations. The other is leaving education to the state in small incubators of excellence for our children," Sen. John Schickel (R-Union) said.

The bill's supporters say the state needs to address flaws in the Common Core, saying it's based on skills, not content and concentrates more on writing than reading.

"I believe, and many of my constituents believe, this is part of the problem, not part of the solution," Schickel said.

Featured speakers claimed the standards were not internationally benchmarked like promised, not rigorous and not research-based.

Stephanie Winkler, a fourth grade teacher from Madison County, who's also the president of the Kentucky Education Association, says the Common Core is vital in the classroom.

"There are six main reasons why the Kentucky Core Academic Standards are so valuable to our education system," Winkler said. "First, they put the creativity back in the classroom."

Winkler was among several who spoke on behalf of the Core, saying it provides a learning tool and knowledge that students will retain past the testing season.

"After years of No Child Left Behind testing and curriculum requirements that fostered teaching to the test, our standards allow teachers to guide students through the content using the arts, literacy and STEM activities that engage and inspire students to achieve their personal best," Winkler said.
She admits the system is not perfect.

"The Common Core is not the problem in many cases. The way the states are asking teachers to use it is creating the problem," Winkler said.

Thursday’s debate was up only for discussion among legislators and educators. No decision was made on SB224.