No Changes To Arkansas Funding For Common Core

Feb 19, 2014

Arkansas legislators decided against changing the state's education funding bill to delay implementing a set of uniform benchmarks for reading, writing and math for three years.

State Rep. Randy Alexander, R-Fayetteville, proposed the modifications Wednesday in a committee hearing. He wants to bar the state and local districts from spending any public money on Common Core's implementation.

Alexander had tried earlier in the fiscal session in a separate resolution to place the same moratorium on the education standards, but it had been postponed in a House committee, which has no more scheduled meetings this session.

The Arkansas Education Board voted in 2010 to implement the education standards. Those education benchmarks have drawn criticism from Republicans in other states, which in some cases are now reconsidering them.