Nasheed wants focus on educating kids instead of bureaucracy of replacing Common Core standards
By MARSHALL GRIFFEN
A joint House-Senate legislative committee on education got an earful on failing K-12 schools in Missouri's urban areas.
The committee initially met Wednesday to hear a progress report on replacing Common Core State Standards with standards drafted by Missouri-based education work groups. Those work groups were created by the passage last year of a bill scrapping Common Core in Missouri.
The measure's supporter cited the need for local control over Missouri's learning standards, as opposed to one-size-fits-all standards handed down from Washington, D.C. Opponents argued unsuccessfully that Common Core would enable students in Missouri to be on par with students in California, New York and elsewhere.
No testimony was presented at the Wednesday hearing. But Sen. Jamilah Nasheed, D-St. Louis, made it clear that she believes the focus is in the wrong place. She told the joint committee that changing Missouri's standards won't necessarily help inner-city kids improve their grades.
"I think it (should) be more hands-on, in terms of how much more money are we going to put in tutoring and things of that sort," Nasheed said. "What's going to be our standards for teaching, the quality teachers that are coming (into) the schools?"