LITTLE ROCK — Gov. Asa Hutchinson issued an executive order Wednesday calling for the creation of a council to review the Common Core State Standards and named Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin to chair it.

LITTLE ROCK — Gov. Asa Hutchinson issued an executive order Wednesday calling for the creation of a council to review the Common Core State Standards and named Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin to chair it.


"I’ve asked the lieutenant governor to head the council as I know he believes in high academic standards and has a vested interest in the success of Arkansas’ students," Hutchinson said in a statement. "I recognized early on that I wanted to utilize the talents of Lieutenant Governor Griffin. He has been a partner with me as we proceeded with the tax initiative and other legislation. This was a natural follow-up."


The 16-member Governor’s Council on Common Core Review will be composed of educators, parents, business leaders and students from across the state, all of whom Hutchinson will appoint.


The governor’s office will accept online applications through Feb. 20 from people interested in serving on the council. Applications can be submitted at governor.arkansas.gov.


"We are looking for Arkansans who are committed to high standards in education and who have experience with the Common Core, including educators, parents, business leaders and students," Hutchinson said.


The council will be asked to provide initial recommendations in the early summer and later recommendations in the fall regarding the future of the academic standards that Arkansas recently adopted for public schools.


Griffin said in a statement Wednesday, "I am honored that Governor Hutchinson has chosen me to lead his Council on Common Core Review and that he has given me the opportunity to serve. I have a deep and abiding passion for education, not only as an elected official, but as an Arkansan and the father of two young children in the Little Rock public school system.


Griffin said that as chairman his first first priority will be "to listen."


"I look forward to hearing from my fellow Arkansans, and I am ready to get to work," he said.