House Education considers delaying standards

Mar 19, 2014 -- 11:00am
- JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - The House Education Committee began hearing testimony on a resolution Wednesday to delay implementing new English language and mathematics standards for Alaska. House Resolution 9, sponsored by Republican Tammie Wilson of North Pole, calls for the delay because it may force districts to overhaul their existing curriculum. Wilson said both the Legislature and local school districts need a cost analysis on implementing the new standards. She noted a delay would help school districts with the transition to the new standards. The Alaska State Board of Education approved the new English language arts and mathematic standards this year. Chairwoman Lynn Gattis of Wasilla says she fears the new standards may be another unfunded mandate for school districts. The resolution remains in committee.

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