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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