Lawmakers in Mississippi’s House of Representatives are next up to tackle the immediate future of Common Core State Standards, with stark differences in opinions being the lone certainty.

On Wednesday, state senators passed Senate Bill 2161 creating a 27-member commission to recommend new academic standards for public schools. Thirteen senators voted to dump Common Core altogether this year — an unsuccessful effort but indicative of emotions running high on the issue.

“We’ll receive the bill, and I imagine a heated battle will ensue,” state Rep. Alex Monsour said. Entering the current session, the two-term Republican legislator favored some form of change to Common Core, but offered no specifics on what he’d support if the topic comes up in the House this week.

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