What could have shaped up as a major political fight fizzled Tuesday as the state Senate passed legislation calling for a review of the controversial set of national education standards called Common Core.
State Sen. William Ligon, R-Brunswick, has led the legislative fight against the standards, which has drawn opposition from Tea Party activists as a federal intrusion into state control of public education.
But rather than abruptly pull Georgia out of the standards — something business and higher education officials don’t want to see — Ligon’s legislation, Senate Bill 167 would put into law the review Gov. Nathan Deal ordered of Common Core last year.
It passed the Senate by a vote of 34-16. Its prospects in the House of Representatives appear strong. Ligon said he has already reached an agreement with Deal’s office.
Ligon’s bill calls for an advisory panel that would review the standards and make recommendations to the state Board of Education, whose members are appointed by the governor and would have final say on the standards.