August 20, 2015

THEY'RE THE ONES WHO'VE ACTUALLY GOVERNED:

Bush, Kasich Find Some Common Ground on Common Core (BETH REINHARD, Aug. 19, 2015, WSJ)

Steadfast support for the Common Core academic standards help make Jeb Bush and John Kasich the odd men out among their GOP presidential rivals.

"I'm not going to change my position because there's four people in the front row yelling at me," Mr. Kasich, the Ohio governor, said at an education summit Wednesday in this early-primary state, referring to conservative opposition to the education-accountability program. "I'm looking at all the facts and not getting all my information from the Internet."

Mr. Bush, a former Florida governor, gave some ground to critics while insisting that holding students to rigorous benchmarks should be a priority. "If people don't like Common Core, fine, just make sure your standards are much higher than the ones you had before. We can't keep dumbing down standards," he said Wednesday. "If you don't measure, you basically don't care."

Two of the older political hands in the crowded, chaotic Republican race, Messrs. Bush and Kasich also differ from most of their 2016 rivals in emphasizing ways to help the underprivileged and backing legal status for undocumented workers.

All Republicans want education standards, some just want to call them something else.
Posted by at August 20, 2015 5:32 PM
  

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