Fight The Common Core

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The Common Core: A Bad Choice for America

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The Heartland Institute has been at the forefront of pushing back on Common Core education standards—a Washington-led scheme to take away the long-held control of curriculum from states, school boards, teachers, and parents. Our effort is led by Joy Pullmann, research fellow for education policy and managing editor of School Reform News

Common Core State Standards for K-12 schools were adopted with little public debate by every state but Alaska, Nebraska, Texas, and Virginia in 2010, part of the price of getting federal dollars under the Obama administration’s “Race to the Top” program. Now educators, parents, and policymakers are taking a closer look at what they agreed to, and many don’t like what they see.

In this Heartland Institute Policy Brief (PDF), Pullmann reveals some major weaknesses of Common Core. The program represents a major centralization of control over curriculum, contrary to the American tradition of decentralized control and funding. Instead of being “world class,” the standards represent a significant step back from what experts say are the standards America really needs. No wonder many states are now holding hearings on whether to back out of the Common Core project.  

Click here for an alternative format to print as a booklet (print on 8-1/2 x 11 paper, double-sided, folded) to share with friends. (Note: If you are printing double-sided, please be sure to instruct your printer to have it open on the SHORT side, not the long side.)


Quick Information

Rebuttals and Op-Eds


Investigative Reporting



  • Alaska (for states that have not passed Common Core, especially): Testimony / Audio
  • Arkansas: Testimony / Audio
  • Indiana: Testimony / Video
  • Kansas: Testimony / Audio
  • Kentucky: Testimony / Audio
  • Michigan: Testimony / Video
  • Oklahoma (why Common Core is central planning): Testimony Video
  • Pennsylvania (pertinent information for all PARCC states): Testimony / Video
  • Tennessee: Testimony / Video
  • Wisconsin (pertinent information for all Smarter Balanced states): Testimony / Video


Watch Joy Pullmann speak about Common Core at an event with the Heritage Foundation on July 5, 2013:


Watch Joy Pullmann debate Common Core supporter Michael Brickman of the Thomas B. Fordham Foundation on Fox News on April 29, 2014:

Watch Joy Pullmann talk with Duke Pesta regarding data mining and testing consortiums regarding Common Core on Sept. 25, 2013:

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