Common Core: Not a communist plot, after all

Detractors of the Common Core State Standards Initiative have argued
for months now that the “state” part of its title is misleading. By
their estimation, the forty-five states that have adopted the standards
are under the yoke of the federal government, signing onto Common Core
under duress and out of desperation for extra cash. This analysis is not
crazy; it’s a fact that, for better or worse, Arne Duncan seduced
states into participating in Common Core with the lure of Race to the
Top grants. But now that RTT’s largesse is largely spent, most
states—half of them, at minimum—are free to bail at any time. Yet at the
end of a landmark legislative season that featured conservative
breakthroughs on vouchers, collective bargaining, and pensions, not a
single state took action to back out of Common Core. (Some discussed
doing so.) Were the hundreds of Republicans swept into office in
November too busy to make the “states’ rights” argument a top priority?
Or perhaps do they agree with Jeb Bush (and Joel Klein) that the move to
common standards—developed and owned by the states—is just common
sense?

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Click to listen to commentary on Bush and Klein's stance on Common Core from the Education Gadfly Show podcast

 

The Case for Common Educational Standards,” by Jeb Bush and Joel Klein, Wall Street Journal, June 23, 2011

Pop quiz on Common Core,” by Mike Petrilli, Flypaper, June 27, 2011

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