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Common Core: A Parent's Perspective

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BILLINGS, Mont. - Common Core will be in the limelight during the last half of this legislative session.

House Bill 377 would repeal -- and replace -- Montana's Common Core standards. The bill passed the House, and awaits its fate in the Senate.

Kari Zeier -- a parent of three kids in School District Two --  says Common Core should be replaced with new, Montana-centered standards developed by parents, educators and others.

"We could argue all day about the standards or what's in there -- at the end of the day -- Montanans should have a say in their standards," Zeier said.

Zeier says she believes there was a lack of transparency and parental involvement when Montana adopted Common Core a few years ago.

"Parents feel like their toes were stepped on -- like it was a slap in the face," she added.

The Governor's Association originally created the Common Core standards, which outline math and language standards in more than 40 states.

At last week's state of the city address, SD2 Superintendent Terry Bouck explained his support for Common Core -- saying Common Core is just a set of standards, and it doesn't dictate curriculum.

"I'm against the new legislation," he said. "As I think most new educators are."

Montana is one of nearly 20 states considering legislation to repeal or replace Common Core. Zeier is also Montana's co-director for Concerned Women for America, and she says Common Core standards are a Federal overreach.

"The goal of school is to teach reading, writing and arithmetic -- it's not to teach ideas or political leaning," she said.

Democratic Senator Robyn Driscoll says the bill to replace Common Core has garnered support, but it's not guaranteed to pass.

"I would guess it will likely pass the Senate as well -- with the makeup that we have in the senate -- but I would also guess as well that Governor (Bullock) would veto that.    

Zeier says if the bill is vetoed after it passes the Senate --  there may be legal options.

If there's no other options after a veto, she says she expects Common Core will be back in the limelight next legislative session in 2017.