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Harrison County Schools Considering Waiver to Opt Out of Common Core Standards
Written by Andrew Havranek
Last updated on June 24, 2014 @ 10:49PM
Created on June 24, 2014 @ 5:46PM

The Harrison County Board of Education is holding a special meeting tomorrow evening concerning Common Core standards.

For over a year, former Harrison County Board of Education President Mike Queen says he has been trying to get the State Board of Education to dig deeper into the pros and cons of the Common Core Initiative.

The Common Core Initiative makes core classes such as math, science, and English curriculums the same across the state and across the nation.

Queen says because of this initiative, the Federal government is making it harder for students to challenge themselves and take harder classes.

"Now we're dumbing down the curriculum, its a difficult way to learn, and really, the state of West Virginia and the Federal government haven't provided the financial resources to help provide professional development for our teachers," Queen said.

In the meeting tomorrow, Queen says the current Board of Education in Harrison County will consider approving a waiver request to the State Department of Education, which could allow Harrison County schools to opt out of the Common Core standards altogether.

Queen also believes if the waiver is approved, other counties will follow their lead. But if it is not, Queen says a statewide group of parents, teachers, and others in the community will file a lawsuit against the initiative.

5 News also had the chance to speak with the current Assistant Superintendent of the Harrison County Schools, and she says the Common Core initiative is very beneficial to the students, and says the school board has been left in the dark about this waiver.

"Harrison County schools are totally in favor of the Common Core standards. The standards are rigorous. We are trying to prepare students for the world of work, career and college ready," said Wendy Imperial.

The meeting will be held Wednesday at 4:00 p.m. at the School Board office in Clarksburg.

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