Politics & Government

House approves education reform bill that repeals Common Core standards

The House voted 94-0 to approve a wide-ranging education reform bill Wednesday that has been two years in the making.

Senate Bill 1 now goes back to the Senate, which must consider two changes made by the House when lawmakers reconvene for the final two days of the legislative session on March 29 and 30.

The measure would establish a new process for intervening in low-performing schools and reviewing classroom academic standards. The bill also would repeal the controversial Common Core academic standards, but not until new standards are rolled out in a staggered fashion. It also would require a revision of Kentucky’s academic standards every six years.

The House added two amendments to the bill: one would allow the Department of Education to develop program standards for the arts and the other would require standards for advanced learners.