Thursday, June 19, 2014

Keeping Common Core on the Defensive

I've linked to articles highlighting the growing resistance at the state level towards the feds top-down, command-and-control K-12 educational mandate, Common Core (see here and here).  Keeping with that theme, here are two more recent examples of state politicians opting to fight rather than submit:

First, Oklahoma's Governor Mary Fallin recently said,
"President Obama and Washington bureaucrats have usurped Common Core in an attempt to influence state education standards. The results are predictable," she said. "What should have been a bipartisan policy is now widely regarded as the president’s plan to establish federal control of curricula, testing and teaching strategies." 
As a result, Oklahoma appears to have shelved Common Core, at least for the near term.  And today, FoxNews carried a story about Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal's decision to issue an executive order that pushes back against the state's previous adoption of the program.  From the news story:
"We’re very alarmed about choice and local control of curriculum being taken away from our parents and educators,” he said at a press conference. “If other states want to allow the federal government to dictate to them, they have every right to make that choice.”