Georgia House Bill 1406 has passed 97 to 67. This is a bill that would requre future curriculum revisions to follow national standards. It is a good bill.
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
To amend Chapter 2 of Title 20 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, relating to elementary and secondary education, so as to provide that the core curriculum shall conform to national curriculum standards; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA:
Chapter 2 of Title 20 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, relating to elementary and secondary education, is amended by striking Code Section 20-2-140, relating to establishment of competencies and a core curriculum, and Code Section 20-2-141, relating to review of the adopted competencies and core curriculum, and inserting in lieu thereof the following:
The State Board of Education shall establish competencies that each student is expected to master prior to completion of the student’s public school education. The state board shall also establish competencies for which each student should be provided opportunities, at the discretion of the student and the student’s parents, to master. Based upon these foregoing competencies, the state board shall adopt a uniformly sequenced core curriculum that conforms to curriculum standards of the various subject matter national organizations where applicable for grades kindergarten through 12. Each local unit of administration shall include this uniformly sequenced core curriculum as the basis for its own curriculum, although each local unit may expand and enrich this curriculum to the extent it deems necessary and appropriate for its students and communities.
The State Board of Education shall establish at least once every four years a review of the adopted competencies and uniformly sequenced core curriculum by a task force broadly representative of educational interests and the concerned public. After considering the findings and recommendations of the task force, the state board shall make such changes in the student competencies lists and core curriculum that conform to national curriculum standards where applicable as it deems in the best interest of the state and its citizens and shall report such proposed changes to local school systems and the General Assembly for review.”
All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed.
This now goes to the Republican Senate, where it faces an unknown future.