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Dinniman Responds to Corbett’s Statement on Common Core
WEST CHESTER (September 9) – State Sen. Andy Dinniman released the following statement in response to Gov. Tom Corbett’s statement earlier today on Common Core standards.
“As the person who has fought the graduation tests and the manner in which Common Core has been implemented, I am astonished that the governor, who pushed these standards, can now with any credibility state the need for them to be reviewed.
“For three and a half years, there have been hearings and endless debates. And during this time, the governor has not said one word in opposition. Now that an election is coming up, he wants a review.
“As minority chair of the Senate Education Committee and an educator who has studied both the national Common Core standards and the Pennsylvania Common Core standards, I can say there is no significant difference between the two except for the pre-K Pennsylvania standards. The state’s labeling of the national standards as Pennsylvania standards was essentially a change in name only. In fact, the textbooks that Pennsylvania schools have been forced to purchase based on Common Core are written not just for Pennsylvania but for the national standards.
“If the governor questions the standards themselves, then in my view he should put a moratorium on any testing including the graduation tests until such time as his proposed review is completed. When the standards and the tests were implemented by the state Board of Education, the only votes against them came from the four Democrats on the state board, including me and state Rep. James Roebuck Jr.”