HOUSTON – Today, Dan Patrick, Texas State Senator and Republican nominee for Lieutenant Governor, issued the following statement on the use of Common Core in AP US History in Texas.
“Common Core is a threat to our state’s high-quality education standards. As State Senator, I carried H.B. 462, which was signed into law in June 2013, to keep Common Core out of Texas. I also asked Attorney General Greg Abbott to issue an opinion against the use of Common Core in Texas. In this opinion he agreed that the intent of H.B. 462 was to prohibit the outright adoption of the national Common Core standards.”
“Today, I applaud SBOE Member Ken Mercer and his efforts to fight Common Core. Ken is leading the charge to prevent Common Core from being brought back into Texas classrooms via a backdoor through the Common Core aligned AP US History exam. As Lt. Governor, I will fight to ensure that Texas continues to educate students with our own high-quality standards, rather than national mandates pushed by special interests.”