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House Education Committee rejects anti-Common Core bill

By Wayne Washington – The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The House Education Committee rejected anti-Common Core legislation Wednesday, likely dealing a death blow to its chances of becoming law during this session.

Senate Bill 167, sponsored by Sen. William Ligon, R-Brunswick, would have blocked Georgia from testing students on material tied to any set of national academic standards, including Common Core.

Some or all of the legislation could be attached to a bill that has already passed one chamber of the Legislature, but after the committee voted 13-5 against it, Ligon said he would not try to move forward with it.

The likely death of SB 167 doesn’t mean Georgia won’t eventually leave Common Core, which has drawn opposition from tea party activists as a federal intrusion into state control of public education.

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