The Emery/Lamping merged Common Core bill, now known as simply SB79, was voted do pass by the Senate Education Committee 10:0 on Wednesday. Chairman Pearce’s SB815 was also voted out of committee. This bill primarily dealt with the need for student data protection, but was amended prior to passage to include the amendments added to HB1490 last week. The specific language from those amendments was not exactly the same as the amendments made in the House.  Bahr’s bill was heard by the Committee and the Chairman promised to vote on it next week.

We have some serious concerns with Senator Pearce’s bill, especially in the areas where it differs from 1490’s description of the standards development work group.
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We are doing our very best to promote Senator Emery’s bill and the companion data privacy bill sponsored by Senator Wallingford. There appears to be positive response to this legislation in the Senate.

The bottom line is, we’re working to restore local control to school districts, and there are very well funded and well organized opponents trying to keep CC. Contact your senators and request that they vote for Senator Emery’s bill to develop Missouri academic standards, and Senator Wallingford’s bill to secure student and family data privacy.

Have a spectacular Easter Holiday, then, we’ll be looking forward to getting back to work on Tuesday!

Anne Gassel

Anne has been writing on MEW since 2012 and has been a citizen lobbyist on Common Core since 2013. Some day she would like to see a national Hippocratic oath for educators “I will remember that there is an art to teaching as well as science, and that warmth, sympathy and understanding are sometimes more important than policy or what the data say. My first priority is to do no harm to the children entrusted to my temporary care.”

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