Eight Senators Join Fight Against Common Core


The letter reads, in part, “While the Common Core State Standards Initiative was initially billed as a voluntary effort between states, federal incentives have clouded the picture. Current federal law makes clear that the U.S. Department of Education may not be involved in setting specific content standards or determining the content of state assessments. Nevertheless, the selection criteria designed by the U.S. Department of Education for the Race to the Top Program provided that for a state to have any chance to compete for funding, it must commit to adopting a ‘common set of K-12 standards’ matching the description of the Common Core. The U.S. Department of Education also made adoption of ‘college- and career-ready standards’ meeting the description of the Common Core a condition to receive a state waiver under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. Race to the Top funds were also used to fund two consortiums to develop assessments aligned to the Common Core and the Department is now in the process of evaluating these assessments.”

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From Oklahoma to Louisiana: Why states are dropping Common Core

When Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin signed a bill repealing Common Core national standards from her state’s schools, it was perhaps the most ironic moment in the fight over the initiative.

Fallin is chairwoman of the National Governors Association, one of the private groups that hold the copyright of Common Core. (Yes, this marks the first time in history a private group has owned school standards.)

While Fallin wasn’t governor at the time the standards were created and adopted, she nonetheless rejected her own organization’s initiative.

In the same week, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley signed a bill to repeal Common Core and require the state to design its own standards for the 2015-2016 school year.

Indiana has repealed Common Core, too, though the replacement standards are largely seen as a disappointment because they virtually mirror the national standards.

Legislation is also making its way through the North Carolina legislature that would repeal Common Core there, as well.

“We want high standards. If there are pieces or components of Common Core that you think are age appropriate, they can take those individual pieces, but as a whole … we want more rigorous standards,” bill sponsor Rep. Bryan Holloway said.

In Oklahoma, after signing the bill, Fallin said, “Common Core was created with that well-intentioned goal in mind. … It was originally designed as a state-led – not federal – initiative that each state could choose to voluntarily adopt.

“Unfortunately, federal overreach has tainted Common Core. President Obama and Washington bureaucrats have usurped Common Core in an attempt to influence state education standards. The results are predictable. What should have been a bipartisan policy is now widely regarded as the president’s plan to establish federal control of curricula, testing and teaching strategies.”

Fallin’s 180-degree turn on Common Core was four years in the making, and was the result of valiant, persistent efforts from parents like Jenni White.

The parents started with “one legislator who wrote a bill for us to simply repeal Common Core from law,” White, the leader of Restore Oklahoma Public Education tells me.

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Inside GOP, the question is where do you stand on Common Core?

Common Core has emerged as the newest Republican litmus test for gauging candidates’ conservative bona fides, and experts say the controversial national education standard will help shape elections from school boards to the White House for the foreseeable future.

Whether prompted by pressure from grassroots groups and well-funded political action committees, or simply by a realization of what is involved in the sweeping K-12 reform, Common Core has become a hot button issue within the GOP. Several Republican governors, including some rumored to be considering 2016 White House runs, have turned against the plan and critics have coined a loaded term for it that lays bare the political divide: “ObamaCore.”

“The center of gravity on the right has clearly shifted in recent months,” said Frederick Hess, of the American Enterprise Institute. “The Common Core is now like comprehensive immigration reform: there are respected leaders who endorse it, but they’re clearly crosswise with mainstream conservative sentiment.”

“Common Core has become a flashpoint election issue.”- Emmett McGroarty, the American Principles Project

The issue’s prominence is expected to rise as Common Core is widely implemented next fall, and as fellow Republicans at the local, state and federal levels battle it out in primaries. Experts predict it will become a potent issue in November’s midterm elections, and eventually, in 2016.

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Common Core Standards ‘Fracture’ as States Pull Support

As Americans become educated about the controversial Common Core standards, more states are finding ways to make U-turns to get their students, parents, and teachers out of the nationalized system of standards.

Once thought to be a champion for education initiatives, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) is now finding himself to be an outsider as more of his Republican colleagues are renouncing the Common Core standards. Bush and allies, like the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and primary private funder of the standards Bill Gates, continue to support them despite their increasing unpopularity.

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Jindal order would make Louisiana latest state to pull out of Common Core

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal issued an executive order that would effectively make the Bayou State the fourth to withdraw from Common Core this year, but a top education official vowed to implement the national education standards anyway.

Jindal, used the order to defy state lawmakers who support the national education standard by requiring competitive bidding for tests tied to education standards. The move would likely block Common Core-tied testing program, known as PARCC for students in third through eighth grades. The tests administered by PARCC, an acronym for Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, have not been purchased yet, and Jindal noted they are among the most expensive available.

Although Jindal previously supported the Common Core State Standards Initiative, it has become a hot button political issue as it nears widespread implementation. Jindal, a potential GOP presidential candidate in 2016, said he was concerned that the national standard takes control from states and parents.

“We’re very alarmed about choice and local control of curriculum being taken away from our parents and educators,” he said at a press conference. “If other states want to allow the federal government to dictate to them, they have every right to make that choice.”

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Common Core Just Got Destroyed In This Deep Blue State

Federal education standards known as Common Core, have been roundly criticized by individuals involved in the public school system across the nation. Parents, teachers, students and elected officials have worked tirelessly to roll back the program’s regulations in a number of states.

Complaints about the Common Core curriculum include evidence of leftist indoctrination, social engineering, and convoluted teaching methods.

Even in states with a long history of supporting leftist causes, this program is quickly losing support. The results of a recent Times Union/Siena College Upstate Education poll reveal a stunning level of disapproval among New Yorkers. A full 82 percent of respondents confirmed they want to see Common Core stopped in the state.

Dr. Don Levy conducted the poll and saw the results as a clear sign from residents that something needs to change in the state’s educational system.

“When you get over 80 percent of the people who say that,” he explained, “that’s what people believe.”

Despite claims that the program would result in a better environment for learning, New York has seen test scores drop since its implementation. That realization only exacerbated the existing concerns many of the state’s residents had about Common Core.

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Growing Rejection Of Common Core

The most controversial current issue in education today is clearly Common Core. It’s being more hotly debated than bullying, zero tolerance, sex ed, abortion, or even school lunches.Common Core is the title of a new set of standards that the Obama Administration has been trying to force the states to use.

Even before the standards were written, 45 states and the District of Columbia signed on, encouraged by inducements of federal funds. The principal outliers are Texas, Alaska, Nebraska, and Virginia.

Now that parents and teachers are finding out what is commanded by Common Core standards and what is being taught by “Common Core-aligned” materials, moms and teachers are raising a ruckus to try to get their states to repeal their state’s involvement. Many are demanding that their state withdraw altogether from Common Core, principally because they believe it is a takeover by the Obama Administration of all that kids are taught and not taught.

The backlash against Common Core has developed into a potent political force. About 100 bills have been introduced into various state legislatures to cancel, stop, or slow down Common Core requirements.

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