Vote yes on education: National standards good for state
The goal is not only to have clear standards for each grade, but also to enable students to move from school to school and find a common core of classes being taught.
It also would enable standardized tests to be coordinated so the results could be compared nationally.
Today, 38 states have adopted these common standards. When the Alabama Board of Education meets Thursday, our state might become the 39th. The District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands also have adopted the standards, while four state boards have approved the core and are waiting for their legislatures to give their consent.
Only two states, Texas and Alaska, have declined to join.
Despite this acceptance nationally, there are those on the state board who are not so sure Alabama should sign on.
Board member Stephenie Bell, who has spent her career warning of federal intrusion, raised the alarm again. “A lot of this is being pushed out of Washington,” she told The Birmingham News, and it could be the beginning of a nationalized education system.