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Senate Panel Votes Against S.C. Anti-Common-Standards Bill

A senate subcommittee in South Carolina today voted against a bill that would have barred implementation of the common standards. But it will proceed to a hearing before the full senate education committee.

Yup, you heard that right. It seems counter-intuitive, but it's true: The subcommittee voted 7-3 against Sen. Mike Fair's bill, S. 604, which we told you about when it came up for a hearing last week. A second hearing was held today, so more people could testify.

But even though the subcommittee went thumbs-down, the measure still gets a hearing before the full senate education committee, according to the Associated Press. I called the senate committee office, and folks there told me the same thing.

No hearing date is scheduled yet.

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley supports Sen. Fair's bill, as she indicated in a letter last week.

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