Education groups like Mississippi First share in those worries.
"Mississippi has consistently been ranked at the bottom of education and we believe that has a lot to do with our low standards that we set for students," said Anglea Bass, Deputy Director of Policy at Mississippi First. "We're extremely concerned about a step backwards."
Governor Phil Bryant praised Reeves Tuesday for introducing an alternative solution. In the process, he disagreed with the Department of Education.
"What the Superintendent needs to understand is that she's not in charge of public education in Mississippi," Bryant commented. "The public is, and if the public and the state of Mississippi does not appreciate or desire a Common Core curriculum, then we're going to do away with it."
Lt. Governor Reeves says he'd like the task force to work with the Department of Education in creating new high standards for Mississippi students.
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