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Public hearing on Common Core

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The debate on Common Core curriculum continues at the Alabama State House.

This morning, a public hearing took place on Senate Bill-443.

The bill, sponsored by Senator Scott Beason, would put a moratorium on further adoption of Common Core standards until January of 2017.

Dozens of speakers voiced their opinions and concerns with SB-443 and about common core in general.

Those in favor of Common Core helps students be college and career ready. Those who oppose Common Core, say the standards are too advanced and aren't age appropriate.

Julie Sabri, a mother of four from Vestavia Hills, made the trip to Montgomery to speak against Common Core.

She explains why she takes exception to this curriculum.

"My third grade child, they're asking him to reason through his assignments. They ask him to give his reason in sentences. Third graders don't know how to reason," says Sabri. "He has to have the facts before he can reason. It's difficult for him. He's frustrated, not because the work is difficult, but it's out of his developmental range."

Sabri along with dozens of other speakers weighed in on Common Core and Senate Bill 443.

Common Core is an education initiative that details what K-12 students should know in English, language arts, and mathematics at the end of each grade.

Among those in favor of common core -- Audriana Osborne, a high school senior from Montgomery, who spoke at today's hearing.

"Common Core has definitely influenced my education," says Osborne "It's a standard and it gives a standard, something to aim for, where you can attain that high level of high academic achievement."

State Superintendent Dr. Tommy Bice, who did not speak at today's hearing, says these standards offer consistency.

"(Common Core) gives us a trajectory to take children to be college and career ready when they leave high school. Local school systems come together to develop their local curriculum based on the needs of their children and teachers develop their lessons based on the needs of the children in their classroom."

For Bice, the standards set by Common Core meet the needs for the state's college and career readiness program.

And provides students and parents a challenge.

"I think these standards do push us, push the adults more than the children to think about how we teach differently, to teach children how to think rather than just regurgitate information," says Bice.

For Julie Sabri, she would like to see curriculum standards in the hands of state educators.

"We don't need to take somebody else's curriculum, hook, line and sinker, we can think for ourselves," she says.

Only three senate committee members were on hand for today's public hearing. The senate committee will take up a vote on Senate Bill-443 tomorrow.

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