DeVos Calls for an End to Common Core

Published December 14, 2016

Common Core opponents criticized President-elect Donald Trump for picking Betsy DeVos for U.S. Secretary of Education because of her ties to organizations that support the increasingly unpopular standards. Despite announcing she is “not a supporter – period” of Common Core, Politico reports DeVos is having to continue to insist on her disapproval:

President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for education secretary, Betsy DeVos, pushed back against criticism of her selection today — accusing the media of spreading false stories about her.

“There’s a lot of false news out there,” DeVos said on stage with Trump at a rally in her hometown of Grand Rapids, Mich. “All I ask for is an open mind and the opportunity to share my heart.”

DeVos called for a decrease in the federal government’s role in education. “The answer is local control,” she said, and “giving more choices” to parents. DeVos proposed “letting states set their own high standards and finally putting an end to the federalized Common Core.”

Despite the would-be Ed Sec doubling down on her opposition to Common Core, not everyone is convinced. A Stop Common Core in Michigan leader told, “We’re not fooled by a single, carefully parsed statement on a webpage that she is ‘not a supporter – period. We know the truth. We experienced it first-hand.”

SOURCE: Politico


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