A bill setting out the testing standards under the controversial Common Core in Illinois K-12 education passed the state Senate, but not without contentious debate. State Sen. Chapin Rose (R-Mahomet) raised his voice as he described his own parent-teacher conference in which he was frustrated he could not help a grade-school son with his homework. He quoted the teacher as saying, “I'm sorry; I can't help any of these kids with this new math.”
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State Sen. Kimberly Lightford (D-Maywood) accused Rose of making “a big mockery because you can't do your son's math in the third and fourth grade,” adding the bill got bipartisan support in committee. The two later hugged on the Senate floor when Rose's Republican colleagues said Lightford's remarks were offensive.
Sponsoring State Sen. Heather Steans (D-Chicago) said educators were in on the construction of the principles, though minority Republicans doubted any educators really embrace Common Core and the state's continued involvement.