By Jeff Amy
JACKSON – Gov. Phil Bryant is now describing the Common Core academic standards as “failed,” although a spokeswoman says he hasn’t changed his position.
Bryant said Thursday he opposes Mississippi adopting any national standards. He says the state “could” choose some other standardized tests besides the Common Core-aligned exams that Mississippi has helped develop through a multi-state consortium.
The Republican governor, a likely candidate for re-election in 2015, says he expects the Legislature to address Mississippi’s participation in Common Core next year.
It’s unclear, though, if lawmakers will agree. This year, the Senate rejected the repeal of Common Core and the House never considered action.
And Bryant is likely to encounter outright opposition from state Superintendent Carey Wright and the state’s largest business lobby, both outspoken supporters of the new standards.