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Senate state superintendent confirmation may draw Common Core debate from Conservative Coalition

By: Magnolia Tribune - January 31, 2014

Wright vote may be Common Core debate

Consideration of the nomination of Carey Wright as state superintendent of education could present the Senate Conservative Coalition an opportunity to debate the Common Core academic standards on the Senate floor.

The 10-member coalition has made blocking Common Core in Mississippi one of its priorities during the 2014 legislative session. But it’s unlikely that legislation supported by the group to slow or halt the enactment of Common Core will make it out of committee.

The confirmation of Wright, a Common Core proponent, at some point this session will be debated before the full Senate.

“I know she is a staunch Common Core supporter,” said Sen. Michael Watson, R-Pascagoula, a key coalition member. “…Maybe (the Wright confirmation vote) is an opportunity to draw a line in the sand.

“We will see.”

Thursday morning the Senate Education Committee approved Wright’s nomination. On a voice vote in the 15-member committee, Angela Hill, R-Picayune, another member of the Conservative Coalition, was the only no vote. She said she voted no because of Wright’s support of Common Core and of universal pre-K.

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