Amend the bill, as and if amended, Part IB, Section 1, DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION, page 346, after line 24, by adding an appropriately numbered new proviso to read:
/ 1.___(SDE: Prohibit Expenditures for Common Core) Whereas the General Assembly does not know the cost implications of participation in the Common Core State Standards Initiative and the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC), and whereas SBAC (a new entity that has never created assessments) has not yet produced assessments that can be evaluated by the General Assembly and South Carolina citizens for quality and effectiveness, therefore, during the current fiscal year neither the Department of Education, the Education Oversight Committee, nor the State Board of Education shall expend any funds:
(1) on professional development intended to prepare educators to implement the Common Core State Standards;
(2) on textbooks or other instructional materials aligned with the Common Core State Standards or SBAC assessments;
(3) on adoption or implementation of SBAC assessments; or
(4) on implementation or promotion of the Next Generation Science Standards, the National Curriculum Standards for Social Studies, or the National Health Education Standards. /
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