West Virginia Senate Panel Backs Away From Full Common Core Repeal

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State senators have backed away from repealing the Common Core educational standards.
A Senate committee voted Monday to drop the repeal and study English and math standards further.
In the amended bill, the state schools superintendent will suggest any changes after a comprehensive review ending in 2017.
The review group would include a parent, teachers union, school administrators and a board member, lawmakers and others. The group will hold town hall meetings.
The bill prohibits using two Common Core exams after the 2016-2017 school year, unless the law is changed.
The House of Delegates passed the repeal 75-19.
Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s Department of Education says the repeal would cost $128 million, which some Republicans dispute.
Tomblin said Monday he supports maintaining the standards to measure what students learn year-to-year.