Can Tea Party backlash kill the Common Core?
- Tea Party activists are pressuring officials in several states to abandon the new Common Core State Standards, already convincing lawmakers in nine states to introduce legislation that would at least delay the standards.
- The groups say the standards are a federal takeover of public schools; that a voluntary project allowing states to share student records and test results with researchers, officials and software developers is an intrusion by Big Brother; and that the Obama administration bribed states to accept the standards (largely funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation) with federal money.
- Indiana and Pennsylvania's Republican governors have already been pressured into "pausing" the Common Core, with the Tea Party even threatening to find a GOP primary challenger if Penn. Gov. Tom Corbett doesn't pull the state from the initiative entirely.
- Common Core supporters fear a drop in participation could dilute the initiative's benefits and create problems for districts already training teachers and developing curriculum.
From the article:
... Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal (R) — who, like the other targeted governors, is facing reelection next year — said, “We didn’t see it coming with the intensity that it is, apparently all across the country.” Deal has responded by signing an executive order “reaffirming state sovereignty” over education matters, but that hasn’t stopped conservatives from trying to undo the standards. ...
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