Virginia was one of just five states that rejected the standards in favor of its own standards, which state education officials have said are more rigorous.
State Del. David A. LaRock (R-Loudoun), one of the bill’s sponsors, said he believes any move to adopt the Common Core should get a sign-off from lawmakers, especially since changing state standards could be costly. There is currently no effort to get Virginia to adopt the Common Core.
“A decision of that magnitude should be made by the legislature,” LaRock said.
McAuliffe, who vetoed the bill Tuesday, said it would have placed unnecessary restrictions on the state’s board of education.
“Virginia’s institutions and leaders have made it abundantly clear that adopting the Common Core State Standards would be a step backwards,” McAuliffe said in a statement. “While I remain opposed to adopting the Common Core State Standards, I am equally opposed to infringing on the Board’s authority by adopting unnecessary legislation which establishes rules upon which we have already agreed.”