The Leaflet: States Continue to Reconsider Common Core Standards

Published December 11, 2014

States Continue to Reconsider Common Core Standards

As more details about Common Core have come to light, a growing number of teachers, parents, and policy experts are finding many problems with the standards. As a result, more than a dozen states have considered withdrawing from Common Core, while some have dropped their involvement with federally funded tests completely.

In June, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) bypassed the state legislature and issued a series of executive orders withdrawing Louisiana from Common Core and all federally subsidized standardized tests. Additionally, Indiana, Oklahoma, and South Carolina acted to pull out of Common Core this year.

In an op-ed in The Clarion-Ledger, Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant (R) stated, “In Mississippi, we need a public education system that works best for students. What we don’t need is a one-size-fits-all program with federal government strings attached. We should listen to parents’ concerns and research best practices to ensure what is taught in Mississippi classrooms meets the highest standards possible while maintaining state and local control.”

U.S. Senator David Vitter (R-LA) tied his “Local Control of Education Act” to the federal spending bill Congress will vote on today. The legislation would prohibit the federal government from “mandating, incentivizing or coercing” states to adopt national education standards. Under Vitter’s bill, states likely could retain their No Child Left Behind waivers, even if they chose to pull out of Common Core.

The Heartland Institute – which also publishesSchool Reform News and other publications you may recognize – is happy to send an expert to your state to testify or brief your caucus, help organize an event in your state, or distribute further information on Common Core or any other issue. If you have any questions or comments, please contact  [email protected] or call 312/377-4000.

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