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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Common Core Becomes A Nightmare

Americans are waking up to how bad Common Core really is for education, but its nightmare does not go away quickly. Liberal education bureaucrats ("educrats") are now trying to enforce Common Core through the courts, with one lawsuit already filed in Oklahoma, and another likely in Louisiana. In both states the governors tried to get rid of Common Core, but parents are shocked that it may return by court order as unelected educrats claim they have more power than state legislatures and governors combined.

The Oklahoma legislature approved a law to repeal Common Core and the governor signed it, but now its state board of education has filed a lawsuit to bring it back. The lawsuit claims that the state constitution does not allow the legislature and governor to repeal Common Core. This suit was filed directly in the Oklahoma Supreme Court, so there will be no appeal from whatever that court decides. Governor Mary Fallin signed the bill to repeal Common Core a few weeks before her primary, which she then won in a landslide.

A similar fiasco is shaping up in Louisiana, where Governor Bobby Jindal has courageously stopped Common Core – or so we thought. The educrats are planning a lawsuit to defy him and impose Common Core anyway. The Louisiana State Board of Education voted 6-3 to "lawyer up" in order to sue its own governor for withdrawing Louisiana from both Common Core and the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers. Governor Jindal pointed out that the state board did not seek competitive bids, as is generally required by state law on most contracts in order to save the state as much money as possible.

The Obama Administration has reportedly poured $370 million into tests to be forced on the states.

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