The MDJ just caught up with state Sen. Lindsey Tippins (R-Marietta), chairman of the Senate Education Committee and a former chairman of the Cobb Board of Education, asking him what he thought about tonight’s school board vote to approve a multi-million dollar purchase of math textbooks that are part of the controversial Common Core Standards.
Tippins, who has grave concerns about Common Core, said the following: “I believe 100 percent in the right of the board to do as they see fit. Probably if I were sitting on the board my opinion would be if I was faced with this and the pushback had arisen that has arisen on this I would probably vote to table it and discuss it for either two weeks or four weeks. I think if there are questions in the public’s mind, I think the questions ought to be answered, and certainly if there’s questions in the school board members’ minds, they don’t need to move on being saddled with a curriculum that they’re going to have to pay for and live with for seven years or six years, ever what the curriculum life is now.”
Tippins said the Senate Education Committee will be addressing the Common Core issue in the coming legislative session.