Lyons Files Amendment to Defund Common Core in Massachusetts

Representative Jim Lyons (R-Andover) filed an amendment to the FY 2015 budget yesterday to defund both Common Core and the PARCC assessment regime in Massachusetts.

The Amendment, numbered 67 to H4000, can be found here.

Amendment #67 to H.4000

An Amendment in Defense of Local Education

Mr. Lyons of Andover moves to amend the bill by inserting at the end thereof the following new section: –

“Section XXXX. Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), herein known as the department, shall expend no funds to develop or implement the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), nor shall the department expend any funds to develop or implement the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) assessment.”

If Lyons Amendment passes the Department of Education will not be able to spend any resources switching Massachusetts from the MCAS system to the Common Core/ PARCC system.

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  • … why do I get the haunting feeling this will go nowhere with the Dem-O-bots in charge on Bacon Hill?

  • Sawx75

    Finally! Someone is stepping up to do something serious about the scourge of Common Core. As we stand right now, the taxpayers are on the hook for $350 million to implement the new, lower standards.  

  • that says the Board of Education can’t still switch to Common Core and the PARCC assessments. What I see is that the state can’t pay for any of it. That means, if they still make the switch the burden on funding will fall to municipalities. Reading has already spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on new curriculum materials and professional development in order to be one of the first to implement Common Core. It was a main driver for our school budget going up 5% last year. What is to prevent the Board from pushing the burden onto local districts to fund the switch?