Early-session spending bill approved by NC Senate

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — The state Senate supports making spending changes to help a panel reviewing public school academic standards do its work and so a rule-making body can defend itself in a lawsuit against the State Board of Education.

The chamber voted Wednesday in favor of a bill that locates $275,000 to operate the committee recommending changes by the end of the year to Common Core. The vote was 38-11.

Some Democrats remain opposed to moving the state away from Common Core, which has been approved by dozens of states.

The measure now heading to the House also takes $100,000 from the State Board of Education to the Rules Review Commission for legal expenses. The education board sued the rules commission, and legislative leaders are siding with the rules panel.

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