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COMMON CORE & HB 462 – SEN. DAN PATRICK FILES OFFICIAL TAG REQUEST

Dec 28, 2013 by

Subject:  “Sen. Dan Patrick Requests TAG Opinion on Common Core Standards vs. HB 462”

 

Requested by Sen. Dan Patrick on 12.20.13 – Accepted by Texas Attorney General on 12.23.13 –

 

Sen. Dan Patrick’s official request to the Texas Attorney General: 

 

Re: Request for an Attorney General Opinion to determine whether Texas’ school districts violate the law [HB 462 passed by the 83rd Legislative Session] by using Common Core to teach state standards.

 

 

Excerpts from Sen. Dan Patrick’s request:

HB 462, which is now law, Sen. Dan Patrick State Standards Initiative to comply with a duty imposed under statutory provisions relating to courses of study in the public school curriculum and student advancement. It also prohibits a school district from using Common Core State Standards to comply with the requirement to provide instruction in the essential knowledge and skills [TEKS] at appropriate grade levels, and it prohibits a school district or open-enrollment charter school from being required to offer any aspect of a Common Core State Standards curriculum.

 

Finally, the law prohibits the Texas Education Agency from adopting or developing a statewide standardized test based on Common Core State Standards. However, certain school districts within Texas are currently using Common Core to teach the Texas state standards.

 

Accordingly, I submit to your office the following question in request of an Attorney General Opinion:

 

Does a school district using Common Core in any way to teach state standards [TEKS] violate the law?

 

 

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Subject: Request for Opinion (RQ) (Texas Attorney General’s Office)

From: Texas Attorney General <webmaster@texasattorneygeneral.gov>

Date: Dec 27, 2013 3:23 PM

 

RQ-1175-GA

Go to:

http://www.texasattorneygeneral.gov/opinions/opinions/50abbott/rq/2013/pdf/RQ1175GA.pdf

Received: Monday, December 23, 2013

Re: Use of the Common Core State Standards Initiative by Texas school districts to teach state standards

Requestor: The Honorable Dan Patrick

Chair, Committee on Education

Texas State Senate

Post Office Box 12068

Austin, Texas 78711-2068

 

*I inserted the capital letters on “Common Core State Standards” and added bracketed information for clarification to the public. – Donna Garner

 

 

Donna Garner

Wgarner1@hot.rr.com

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