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Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Governors Speak Out Against Common Core

Three Governors have signed recent laws repealing the use of the controversial Common Core standards in their state. I think you would like to hear some of their comments as they signed these laws.

About 100 bills have been introduced into various state legislatures to cancel, stop or slow down Common Core requirements. When South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley signed the bill abolishing Common Core standards in that state, the new law directs the State Board of Education to create new more rigorous standards by August of next year to make sure they truly make students "college and career ready."

Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin said that parents and educators believe that "adopting Common Core gives up local control of Oklahoma's public schools." She added, "The words 'Common Core' in Oklahoma are now so divisive that they have become a distraction that interferes with our mission of providing the best education possible for our children."

Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin's message in signing the repeal of Common Core was blunt in explaining what is wrong with Common Core. She wrote, "President Obama and Washington bureaucrats have usurped Common Core in an attempt to influence state education standards. Common Core is now widely regarded as the President's plan to establish federal control of curricula, testing and teaching strategies." Her message reminded us that "Citizens, parents, educators and legislators ... have expressed fear that adopting Common Core gives up local control of Oklahoma's public schools."

From the start, Common Core was ballyhooed as a state-led (not federal) initiative that each state could choose to voluntarily adopt. We now know that is false, and states are trying hard to opt out of Common Core.

Listen to the radio commentary here:

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