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Monday, July 07, 2014

Growing Rejection of Common Core

The most controversial current issue in education today is Common Core. It's being more hotly debated than bullying, zero tolerance, 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 signed on, encouraged by grants of federal funds.

Now that parents and teachers are finding out what is commanded by Common Core standards, moms and teachers are trying to get their states to repeal their state's involvement, principally because they believe it is a takeover by the Obama Administration of all that kids will be taught and not taught. The backlash against Common Core has become a potent political force. About 100 bills have been introduced into various state legislatures.

In March, Indiana became the first state to pass an anti-Common Core law. Indiana Governor Mike Pence said, "I believe our students are best served when decisions about education are made at the state and local level."

The second state was South Carolina. Governor Nikki Haley signed a bill in May abolishing Common Core standards beginning in 2015. Legislators were responding to constituent complaints that Common Core introduces frivolous and illogical teaching techniques, while imposing new standards that are not any improvement.

Parents then won a tremendous victory when the Oklahoma Legislature repealed Common Core by an overwhelming bipartisan vote. When Governor Mary Fallin signed the repeal, she said, "Common Core is now widely regarded as President Obama's plan to establish federal control of curricula, testing and teaching strategies." It's become clear that parents don't like federal control of education, and they don't like candidates who support Common Core.

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