WDAM reports that state school board member Bill Jones of Petal called opposition to Common Core and the creation of replacement standards “foolish”.
“To undo what we’ve already started doing or start over… is really quite foolish,” said Jones.
Jones said opponents of the standards have “created a myth” that Common Core is controlled by the government and said it is “right near insanity.”
Jones said the Common Core debate has became political to the point of being a campaign issue for some in the state.
“Now they find themselves in order to win a Tea Party Primary, they have to be opposed to standards that are really beneficial to the children of this state,” he said.
Jones said the state board does not plan on moving away from the standards, which are also referred to as College and Career Readiness Standards, and said it will be a “knock down drag out fight if we have to defend what we’ve implemented and what teachers and school districts have fought so hard for the last four years.”
According to the report some Pine Belt area senators said they will vote against the standards in 2015, but others were unwilling to state how they would vote.
Joey Fillingane (R- Dist. 41) and Billy Hudson (R- Dist. 45) said they would vote against the standards if a bill were to come forward in 2015.
Representatives Toby Barker (R- Dist. 102) and Larry Byrd (R- Dist. 104) did not give a yes or no when asked if they supported the standards, but they did both agree that the state needs higher standards.