Common Core Release

Passes Resolution Requesting Repeal and the Protection of States’ Rights
Birmingham, Ala. – During the Winter Meeting earlier this month the Alabama Republican Party State Executive Committee voted in support of a resolution opposing “Common Core State Standards Initiative” referred to as “Common Core”.Elois Zeanah, the President of the Alabama Federation of Republican Women submitted the resolution for approval by the full State Executive Committee.

The resolution calls for the Alabama Legislature to repeal and defund Common Core, prohibit the collection and sharing of personal information of students by Alabama Schools and require that any new changes to statewide educational standards be widely publicized so that concerned citizens have time to learn of these changes and make their opinions known prior to any small group of elected officials or worse yet, bureaucrats making decisions that affect the education of Alabama students.

Bill Armistead, Chairman of the Alabama Republican Party, issued the following statement:

“The membership of the Alabama Republican Party has spoken and we ask our Republican legislators in Montgomery to hear our request.  Now is the time for the House and Senate to take up the repeal and defunding of Common Core.

The Local Control School Flexibility Act that passed the House is a step in the right direction in combating a status quo in Alabama education that has failed too many of our students.  However, we need to be consistent in promoting local control of our schools.  In order to be consistent, the House and Senate need to take another step in returning local control of our schools by repealing and defunding Common Core.

The legislature has a responsibility to the students in Alabama. Therefore, the Alabama Republican Party requests that they consider this resolution as soon as practical during the 2013 Legislative Session. Now is the time to act to protect local control and the future of education in Alabama.”

A copy of the Resolution, entitled “Retain Local Control of K-12 Education by Parents and States” is attached. Please contact TJ Maloney for more information (205) 212-5900

Alabama Republican Party