Conservatives are left to wonder just why Republicans were so eager to pass this “bi-partisan” legislation. A coalition of over 200 pro-Constitution, anti-Common Core grassroots groups laid out a very detailed open letter to Congress, opposing this bill. They practically begged their supposedly-conservative elected officials to pay attention, but to no avail. Many Republicans pushed ahead with Democrats to push this monstrous bill over Congressional hurdles.
The Every Student Succeeds Act will fail miserably to accomplish what its name suggests. This bill was meant to supposedly “improve” the No Child Left Behind law of the Bush era, but it keeps many of “No Child’s” worst parts and incorporates many of the Common Core standards. This new bill includes a Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act designed to connect K-12 education to government-controlled workforce-development. It also includes the Head Start Act that centralizes pre-school standards to the federal education department. This new bill even seeks to boost data collection on students.
There are even more untold dangers in the 1,000 pages of this bill. Rather than eliminating Common Core, the Republican Congress has given us Common Core on steroids.
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