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Legislative update: Wide support for Idaho Common Core | Preston Citizen

Legislative update: Wide support for Idaho Common Core

January 22, 2014
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By ROBERT S. MERRILL 

Assistant editor

Implementation of new Idaho Common Core Standards for K-12 education was discussed at the Idaho Legislature this past week and local Representative Marc Gibbs supports the concept.

He said he and a lot of his colleagues in Boise support the common core concept. Gibbs said Idaho’s Common Core Standards only apply to English and mathematics.

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The Common Core State Standards Initiative is a state-led effort that established a single set of educational standards for students English language arts and mathematics.

“To put it in a nutshell, common core creates a way to measure progress by both students and teachers in these two subject areas. Teachers will be held to certain standards,” he said. “There is a tremendous amount of support for this concept from industry and business circles throughout the state.

A recommendation to implement the Idaho Core Standards was originally approved in 2011 by the legislature. A state task force for improving education has been working on several recommendations during the past year.

Gibbs also said discussion included water issues or the lack of water because of on-going drought conditions.

“The Idaho Department of Water Resources made a presentation from the Water Board outlining Gov. Butch Otter’s support to restore $15 million for projects that would store more water and develop aquifer recharge.

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