NATCHEZ, MS - This is a news release from Keith Plunkett on behalf of Senator Melanie Sojourner.
Sojourner disagrees, saying the legislation doesn't end the commitment to the standards, but instead has the effect of possibly locking the state into never being rid of them.
Sojourner wrote. "The bill was designed to give (legislators) cover to appear as if we had done something when, in fact, we have taken no substantive action whatsoever."
Sojourner says she has great respect for the legislative process and doesn't make the veto request lightly. However, SB 2161 must be done away with to allow a fully transparent debate on Common Core in the Mississippi Legislature.
Sojourner says SB 2161 adds another layer of government bureaucracy that comes between parents, teachers and students, and gives politicians "political cover."
she writes. "We must fully repeal Common Core and return education decisions to parents and teachers at the local level."
Sojourner writes to Gov. Bryant that she has "great concerns that Mississippi's push for more diverse school choice policy will be negatively affected if we do not address this immediately."
She adds that "Common Core will eventually be used to reduce the autonomy of homeschooling parents, and others who seek to maintain the liberty of offering their children an alternative" education.
A copy of the letter is available HERE
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