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Assembly Bill Would Repeal Common Core Curriculum

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Common Core standards for K-12 education have been in effect, in Nevada, since 2010. Assembly Bill 303 would repeal the system. While people who like Common Core say they're already seeing positive results in how students are learning. But many say the system is confusing and costly. On Wednesday, a group rallied in front of the legislative building, supporting the bill.

"You see all these parents and teachers and when you have teachers that teach and can't figure out the math, you know there's something wrong," Jeramy Edgel, Las Vegas parent said.

Common Core is a set of more rigorous standards intended to challenge students in language arts and mathematics. It shows them the process of solving a problem, not just how to solve a problem.

"There's so much to the path in getting to the answer as much as the answer, itself," Steve Canavero, Deputy Superintendent for the Nevada Department of Education said.

AB303 would repeal Common Core. The bill's sponsor says he has three major reasons why.

"First is the curriculum is very confusing," Assemblyman Brent Jones, (R) Las Vegas said. "Second, the data collection and mining. And three is requiring the testing that is mandatory and it's also proprietary. So, we have to pay a lot of money or it."

Jones says 11 states have already opted out of Common Core, with others looking at legislation, similar to what Nevada is looking at.

"Currently, Common Core has not been proven to be effective," Jones said. "It's kind of like an experiment on all our children and that's why so many states are opting out."

Glenn Waddell is a teacher and the Math Department Chair at North Valleys High School. He says these standards are the best way to prepare students for college or their careers. He says some people are just opposed to change.

"One of the things we have challenges in is that we've taught math poorly for 50 years," Waddell said. "It's time to change."

Waddell says repealing Common Core would be premature, and the best way to see results is to allow kids to go all the way through school under this system.

"Having had 12 years of teaching, like this, they are going to be amazing because the learners I have today have had three years with it and they are amazing," Waddell said.

The state Board of Education voted unanimously to oppose AB303, recommending to stay the course with Common Core. Some parents voiced their concerns about sex education. The Department of Education says that is not included in core curriculum.
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