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ALEC Delays Vote on Common Core

By Andrew Ujifusa — May 22, 2012 1 min read
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The American Legislative Exchange Council postponed its vote on a resolution opposing the Common Core State Standards at a recent meeting in Charlotte, N.C.

The board of directors at the influential conservative policy group, which includes both lawmakers and private-sector representatives, wants to change certain parts of the resolution before it is considered for a vote at a future meeting.

So far, 46 states and the District of Columbia have adopted the common core. But the Washington-based ALEC is wary of federal influence in what it thinks should be state decisions on academic standards.

The common core is not an official federal standards project, but the U.S. Department of Education has created incentives for states to adopt it through Race to the Top grants and waiver applications to the No Child Left Behind Act.

ALEC has already adopted a resolution opposing “federal intrusion” into standards, but it does not mention the common core explicitly.

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A version of this article appeared in the May 23, 2012 edition of Education Week as ALEC Delays Vote On Common Core

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