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Where Do The 2016 Candidates Stand On Common Core?

This past December, The Federalist published an excellent article entitled:

7 Things Slick Politicians Will Say To Make You Think They Oppose Common Core

Among those slick politicians are potential 2016 contenders: Scott Walker, Chris Christie, Mike Pence, Mike Huckabee, John Kasich, Jeb Bush, and Bobby Jindal.

Among those, I am only willing to give Jindal a pass, and only because he has been fighting like a warrior to actually repeal Common Core. He has used a mixture of lawsuits, legislative pressure, and executive orders to kill Common Core, and I give him credit for that. The rest either openly or tacitly support it even today.

There are those, such as Huckabee, who insist that they support the original version of Common Core. The original version, they say, originated from the states and was totally voluntary.

What they say is true. But it makes little difference. The practical difference between old Common Core and new Common Core is the presence of federal grants available to states that implement Common Core. Any other changes have been made by “the states.” Common Core is not really a federal program-but is a national and centralized program, so the problems are fundamentally the same as they would be if the federal government were implementing it.

The architects of “state-led” Common Core are responsible for pushing further federal involvement in education. They are responsible for creating national curriculum and standards system. They are responsible for the declining levels of education-and increasing levels of misinformation-among public school students across the country.

I put “the states” and “state-led” in parentheses because the people and legislators of the states never had a direct role in the creation of Common Core.

“Voluntary” also deserves to be put in parentheses. No states is forced to implement Common Core. But if a state does not, that state is belittled, labeled substandard, and the perceived value of it’s education demeaned. States are effectively blackmailed into implementing Common Core. And of course, if a state implements Common Core, there will be no deviation on the part of local school boards, no matter how angry parents rightfully become.

At least a few of the prospective candidates are consistently opposed to Common Core.

[mc_name name=’Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’C001098′ ] says that “We need to repeal every word of Common Core.”

Rick Perry has been similarly emphatic.

The strongest opposition to Common Core may be coming from [mc_name name=’Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’P000603′ ], who has long opposed it. And yesterday he released this excellent video:


Paul has predicted that, “If there’s a Republican candidate out there–let’s just say there’s a hypothetical one that’s for Common Core. I’m saying that that hypothetical candidate that’s for Common Core probably doesn’t have much chance of winning in a Republican primary.”

For the sake of the children (the phrase actually applies here), let’s hope he is right.