Is the Common Core in Trouble?

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Thursday, May 2, 2013

The Common Core’s honeymoon phase is over, and now a growing backlash is emerging as parents, educators and political figures cite concerns ranging from rigor to privacy issues.

The standards are drawing criticism from both sides of the political spectrum: conservative media personality Glenn Beck objects to the federal government’s role in the Common Core’s implementation, while liberal education historian Diane Ravitch has expressed concern over the use of what she calls “untested” standards. Despite support from prominent GOP figures such as former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, the Republican National Committee recently passed a resolution opposing the Common Core, deeming the standards “an inappropriate overreach to standardize and control the education of our children so they will conform to a preconceived ‘normal.’”

In seven states, legislators have introduced bills to repeal Common Core implementation. These bills failed to pass in Alabama, Georgia, and South Dakota. However, Alabama legislators have developed a new bill prohibiting the adoption of the standards, and similar measures are under consideration in Kansas, Michigan, and Missouri. And in April, eight Republican senators aligned themselves with an effort by Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) to defund the Common Core State Standards Initiative.

The only state thus far to actually pass anti-Common Core legislation is Indiana, with an April bill saying that the state will take “no further actions to implement…any common core standards until the state board conducts a comprehensive evaluation of the common core.” The measure calls for a legislative review, public hearings, and a fiscal analysis of the standards. There will be a state board vote in 2014 to either reaffirm support for the Common Core, or choose a different path.

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