Legislation going to Gov. Phil Bryant will create a commission to make recommendations on academic standards to the state Board of Education but will not mandate changes to Mississippi’s current Common Core standards.

The House had passed language earlier in the session mandating that the nine-member constitutionally created state Board of Education enact 75 percent of the standards proposed by the commission.

But the final agreement reached by House and Senate negotiators – appointed to work out the differences in the positions of the two chambers – did not include the mandate. The agreement passed by comfortable margins in both chambers Tuesday.

“This is just a commission developed to look at the existing standards by the state Board of Education,” said Senate Education Chair Gray Tollison, R-Oxford. “…Nobody is getting rid of anything. This is just a commission.”

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