2-pronged approach to high school math rejected by House

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The North Carolina General Assembly is divided on how to address high school students’ and parents’ complaints that the Common Core math courses are confusing and overly complicated.

The House on Wednesday rejected the Senate version of a bill that would allow high school students to choose between traditional math courses like algebra and geometry alongside the newer “integrated” pathway that the state adopted as part of Common Core in 2012.

The Senate version of the bill passed last week despite objections from opponents that dual curriculum would burden smaller schools that have limited teachers and resources.

The bill now heads to a conference committee where the two chambers will try to come up with a compromise.

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