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Education board supports McDonnell on national standards

Anita Kumar

The Virginia Board of Education voted unanimously Thursday to oppose replacing Virginia's Standards of Learning curriculum with a new national curriculum guide, providing key support to Gov. Bob McDonnell's position on the issue.

McDonnell (R) decided that Virginia should drop out of the Race to the Top competition, saying the potential federal money was not worth ditching the state's 15-year-old SOLs. The competition encourages states to adopt common national standards.

The board, appointed by Democratic governors Tim Kaine and Mark Warner, followed Board of Education President Eleanor Saslaw's recommendation.

The board had previously endorsed the development of the national standards, creating a possible perception that it was more supportive of the new curriculum than McDonnell.

"The Board of Education supported -- and continues to support -- the development of internationally benchmarked standards for states to adopt outright or to use as models to improve their own standards,'' the board wrote in a statement. "The board, however, opposes the use of federal rulemaking and the peer review process as leverage to compel word-for-word adoption of the Common Core State Standards."

By Anita Kumar  |  June 24, 2010; 2:41 PM ET
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Robert F. McDonnell  
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