Opponents of Common Core tout a law signed by Gov. Nikki Haley as throwing out the controversial education standards in exchange for state-made guidelines in one year. In reality, little may change.
The law, signed May 30, requires a yet-to-be-created panel to begin reviewing South Carolina’s math and reading standards by January. Any changes must be approved by the state Board of Education and the Education Oversight Committee for implementation when students walk into classrooms in August 2015.
The law essentially steps up a review process that would have occurred anyway.
The end result will likely be standards that look very similar to Common Core. Two definite additions will be requiring elementary students to learn cursive and memorize multiplication tables, as mandated in a separate law.