Common Core Legislation Update 2-16-14

iowa-golden-domeI just wanted to give you a brief update on the status of several bills related to the Common Core State Standards and Iowa Core.

HF 2141 – This bill would have removed Iowa from the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium.  It died in subcommittee.  State Representative Sandy Salmon (R-Denver) supported it and State Representatives Josh Byrnes (R-Osage) and Cindy Winckler (D-Davenport) were opposed.

HF 2140 – This would make the Iowa Core (along with the Common Core State Standards) voluntary.  This subcommittee was supposed to be held last Wednesday, but it has been rescheduled for TODAY at 11:00a at the State Capitol Building Room 102.  Subcommittee members are:

They can also be reached on the Capitol switchboard – (515) 281-3221.

There was testimony given last week for both of those bills by Henry Burke, Jane Robbins of American Principles Project and Bruno Behrend of the Heartland Institute.  You can watch the testimonies and read a recap here.

SF 2123 – This bill rolls back the Iowa Core to the 2006 standards.  It has been assigned to a subcommittee, but a meeting has not been scheduled yet.

You can reach the subcommittee members:

The Senate Switchboard number is (515) 281-3371.

HF 2204 – Was introduced last week and it is identical to SF 2123.  It was introduced by State Representative Salmon and was co-sponsored by State Representatives Tedd Gassman (R-Scarville), Dwayne Alons (R-Hull), Larry Sheets (R-Moulton), Tom Shaw (R-Laurens), Dave Maxwell (R-Gibson), Dean Fisher (R-Garwin), John Landon (R-Ankeny), Ralph Watts (R-Adel) and Jason Schultz (R-Schleswig).  This bill has not been assigned to a subcommittee yet.

Remember this Friday is the deadline for bills to be out of committee in order still be considered this legislative session.

About Shane Vander Hart

Shane Vander Hart founded Iowans for Local Control in 2012 which later merged with Iowa RestorEd. Shane also is the founder and editor-in-chief of Caffeinated Thoughts and the founder and president of 4:15 Communications, LLC, a social media & communications consulting/management firm.  You can connect with Shane on Facebook or follow him on Twitter and Google +.

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