State Rep. Terrie Wood, R-Darien, joined her fellow House Republican lawmakers in filing a petition to force the Education Committee to conduct a public hearing on bills related to the Common Core State Standards curriculum and teacher evaluations.

The petitioning process, which is seldom used, allows legislators to overrule decisions by legislative committees on conducting public hearings for bills. House Republicans gathered the required 51 signatures from their caucus members under Joint Rule 11 in order to file the petitions that triggered the requirement for the two bills to be raised with a public hearing to follow, according to a news release.

A bill, authored by state Rep. Marilyn Giuliano, R-Old Saybrook, would freeze the implementation of the Common Core State Standards until all stakeholders have time to examine its potential effects and consider possible changes.

Proposed Bill No. 5331, put forth by the House Republican caucus, calls for the creation of a subcommittee of classroom teachers to discuss and share their issues involving the teacher-evaluation program, reduces the number of formal classroom evaluations to one per school year, reduces the amount of goals to be established by each teacher, streamlines data management, and, perhaps most importantly, enables the exclusion of student scores on statewide mastery tests, including the Smarter Balanced assessment test, from being factored into a teacher's evaluation.

"Our students and citizens deserve a common-sense approach to understanding more about common core. It's the right and fair thing to do," Wood said.

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