States Against Common Core

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Truth in American Education (TAE) has some updates on what is happening across the nation with Common Core. I’m going to post some links here and at Stopping Common Core, but I thought there was too simply too much information to post it as an update to Stopping Common Core.

TAE has posted this map of each state’s current position on Common Core. Click the image to enlarge.

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At TAE Jenni White of Restore Oklahoma Public Education (R.O.P.E.) has written To Heck With Diamonds, Common Core is Forever, a summary of news across the nation.

Also from TAE are these links to state individuals or groups working to stop Common Core:

From COMMON CORE Education Without Representation is a chart on which they will continue to post updates, so keep checking it if you’re interested in connecting with someone in your own state.

At Restore Oklahoma Public Education (R.O.P.E.) is an older list from last summer:

I think putting Florida in the red category on the map above may be overly optimistic at this point, because as Jenni and others have noted, Jeb Bush and his Foundation for Educational Excellence have ties to Common Core. Bush has considered his work as governor on education to be a star on his resume, and in my opinion he won’t let Common Core go “gently into that good night.” I don’t have extensive knowledge of what is currently happening in Florida, but if Common Core collapses, I think lack of funding in Florida will be a big factor.

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Posts on Common Core are currently listed in the right side bar. They are permanently listed in the Common Core subpage that’s found under Family→Children→Education in the heading.

UPDATE II: March 4, 2013: Truth in American Education has posted a list of current activity in state legislatures at States Fighting Back. Check out their About Us page for more websites of groups who are fighting Common Core.

UPDATE: More on Jeb Bush and Common Core:

Neal McCluskey at Cato has been following Common Core for several years. This is from August 2011: From Avoiding the National Curriculum Debate, to Smothering It, Just When We Need It Most

The Education Week report links to a letter that Mr. Bush sent to a subcommittee of the American Legislative Exchange Council [ALEC] that was slated to simply take up discussion of model legislation opposing national standards. Mr. Bush urged members to table the proposal. In other words, he urged them to not even talk about it, because apparently even considering that the Common Core might have dangerous downsides should be avoided, even among people who believe in individualism and liberty.

Unfortunately, quashing debate arguably wasn’t the worst aspect of Mr. Bush’s letter. No, that was the fundamentally flawed pretenses he offered for why Common Core should be embraced without debate.

Here’s the letter in which you can read Bush’s effusive praise of Common Core. McCluskey did a follow-up on ALEC. It seems Bush wasn’t the deciding factor, but his letter still stands as his opinion on Common Core.

Jeb Bush and Arne Duncan have been mutually supportive on Common Core:

Arne Duncan Loses Temper, Deviates from Backroom Strategy February 24, 2012. Duncan said:

GOP leaders like Jeb Bush and governors Mitch Daniels, Chris Christie, and Bill Haslam have supported the Common Core standards because they realize states must stop dummying down academic standards and lying about the performance of children and schools.

Jeb Bush on Common Core: “I don’t think it’s coercive” August 30, 2012.

I don’t believe that common core is a federal initiative,” Bush said. “A majority of the Republican governors support this. And we’ll see how the implementation goes. Romney’s view is that standards need to be benchmarked to the world. … Forty-five states and the District of Columbia have signed on to this. … I don’t think it’s coercive.

Arne Duncan’s Second Term Agenda Unfolds November 29, 2012. EdWeek quote:

In remarks at the two-day forum in Washington of the Foundation for Excellence in Education, run by former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Duncan said he has an “ambitious” second-term agenda that includes holding the line on initiatives he started during his first four years. He cited specifically the tough road ahead for common standards, common tests, and teacher evaluations.

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