May 6, 2014

Screen Shot 2014-05-07 at 10.30.52 AMHB1490, the Common Core bill,  has moved to a conference committee to resolve differences between the House and Senate versions. The Senate has announced their committee appointees: EMERY, PEARCE, LAMPING, CHAPPELLE-NADAL, KEAVENY. We are waiting on House leadership to appoint their three members. Rep. Bahr will be one of them. There will be two more; one republican and one democrat. House Floor Leader Rep. Diehl (R) pushed for the bill to go to conference and has also requested to be on the committee. It is up to the Minority Leader to appoint the Democrat.

One possible outcome is that the committee will get bogged down, vote to dissolve and issue a conference report which details the differences between the two bills. This report could go to the House and they could choose to vote on the Senate version of the bill. Given the expected difficulties in passing a revised conference committee bill out of the Senate, this is the preferable option. Senator Silvey seems poised to filibuster the bill if it comes back to the Senate.

We encourage you to contact your House Representative and ask them to vote for the bill coming out of the conference committee, whichever one it is.

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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