School Reading Changes

The State Board of Education voted Thursday to cancel a part of its original plans. In the shadow of being criticized for having a vague curriculum, Georgia schools were prepared to go through some changes, but now there's a technicality in the state's K-3 literacy standard's adopted from the National Center on Education and Economy.

"The question came up, would we be able to modify NCCEE standard's at all through the revision process and they said no, so it was more of a control kind of issue," says Cherly Hay, Director of Curriculum, Thomasville.

The State Board of Education is now forced to set new expectations on its own. Educators say this puts the State Board of Education back at square one. A team of teachers will have to come back together to develop new standards for the state, which could cost up to $40,000.

"To change a curriculum over it's very demanding to try to do it even in a year. In most cases people wouldn't try to do it even in a three-year term. They've tried to do a lot in a hurry, any time you get in a hurry sometimes you can be quick and wrong," says Bobby Smith, Thomasville High School Principal.

With the setback, educators worry if the state can pull off getting everything together in time for the next school. Nonetheless, the state will continue with the overhaul and plans to have it in place on time.

The state's new K-3 curriculum is expected to be developed and approved by July 1. Then the state will move forward in the state's so-called school reform movement.