Common Core conflicts with federal education statutes

Sep 4, 2014 by

Dan Liljenquist – Gov. Bobby Jindal made news last week when he announced that he, in his official capacity as governor of Louisiana, is suing the U.S. Department of Education over its attempt to use federal grants to induce states to implement the Common Core academic standards. Given the department’s extra-legal “Race to the Top” initiative, which flouts 50 years of established congressional policy prohibiting federal direction or control of education standards and curriculum, Gov. Jindal’s lawsuit is both justified and necessary to preserve state and local authority over education policy. Left unchallenged, the weight of this “Common Core” precedent would undoubtedly lead to further federal incursions into state and local curriculum decisions, extinguishing what is left of our educational autonomy at the state level.

The Common Core standards grew out of a partnership between the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers and were voluntarily adopted by over 40 states with the stated goal of improving the quality of public education. In Jindal’s words, “the Common Core standards were designed to define the knowledge and skills students should have in their K-12 education in order to graduate from high school and to succeed in entry-level, credit-bearing college courses and in workforce training programs.”

Leaving aside the many concerns about the specific standards themselves, these were noble goals. Most people, including many of the opponents of the Common Core standards, recognize the need for educational benchmarks in our public schools. Tracking educational performance to established standards is not anathema to most opponents of Common Core.

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