MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A state Senate leader says legislation to repeal Alabama's Common Core standards for public schools is dead for this session but could come back next year.
"Anything with Common Core, as far as I'm concerned, is off the table," Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh, R-Anniston, announced late Tuesday.
His announcement came after 300 educators and business people gathered on the Capitol steps Tuesday to show their support for Common Core. The leader of event, state Superintendent of Education Tommy Bice, applauded Marsh's announcement.
The sponsor of the one of the bills to repeal Common Core, Republican Sen. Scott Beason of Gardendale, said, "My disappointment is off the charts."
He had expected the Senate to consider his bill Tuesday, but Senate leaders didn't put it on the work agenda after the rally occurred. Then Marsh made his announcement that neither Beason's bill nor a similar bill pending in the House would get taken up by the Senate.
Marsh, who had voted twice in a Senate committee to repeal Common Core, said there are many conflicting views and there is not time to study them in the four weeks remaining in the legislative session.
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