August 22, 2015


Common Core is here to stay (Jan Brewer, August 21, 2015, Fox News)

"I'm for higher standards, measured in an intellectually honest way," Bush said. "I don't believe the federal government should be involved in the creation of standards, directly or indirectly." Rubio articulated the same sentiment, adding, "[Reform] should happen at the state and local level. That is where educational policy belongs."

Those are principles any conservative voter can support. They're also the foundation of the Common Core State Standards. And while the term "Common Core" may still needle some critics who would like to return to the old model of education -- even though we know it wasn't working -- the conversation finally seems to be moving past semantics to focus on rigorous, comparable college- and career-ready education standards.

That may be because after two national elections in which opponents avowed the Common Core would be a litmus test for conservatives, voters demonstrated they support higher classroom expectations. Or it may be that the standards are showing early success in states like Kentucky and Tennessee, which have achieved steady, sizeable gains after implementing the tougher standards.

Whatever the case, most leaders are looking past the activists that still use the Common Core as a rallying cry and embracing the need for education standards that adequately prepare our students. This year no state legislatures passed legislation to repeal their Common Core standards, despite nearly 50 bills nationwide aimed at doing so. Instead, three states -- Louisiana, Tennessee and New Jersey -- launched reviews to hone and build on the standards further. And this is exactly what they were designed to do.

Educational standards, like the health mandate, are a conservative victory that the Right can't stand because a Democrat is president. It's a matter of partisanship, not policy nor principle.

Posted by at August 22, 2015 8:50 AM

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