In his role as vice-chairman of the House Education Committee, Rep. Mike Dudgeon of Johns Creek was involved in the ultimate failure of Senate Bill 167, the anti-Common Core bill sponsored by Sen. William Ligon. After passing the Senate, the bill did not pass the House Education Committee.
In a recently published constituent newsletter, Rep. Dudgeon explains his opinion about Common Core and SB 167. He notes that the question “Do you support Common Core” can’t really be answered in a single word, or a single sentence, because the term means different things to different people.
So, do I “support” Common Core? Here are some short answers depending on what one means. Detailed answers follow.
- Do I support Federal control over or involvement (Common Core) in education? Absolutely not, I firmly oppose it.
- Do I support ongoing attempts to put liberal or politically correct content (Common Core) in our curriculum? Absolutely not, I firmly oppose it.
- Do I support ceding binding control over Georgia education to anyone outside of Georgia (Common Core)? Absolutely not, I firmly oppose it.
- Do I support our student data being used for commercial purposes or non-educational data being collected (Common Core)? Absolutely not, I firmly oppose it.
- Do I support the idea of being able to effectively compare our scholastic progress with other states (Common Core)? Yes, with reservations.
- Do I support the current Common Core Georgia Performance Standards (Common Core) as they are being taught today in Math and English in our state? Yes, with reservations.
Go ahead and read the entire newsletter for the reasoning behind his answers.