Rubio no fan of Common Core education standards

Aug 31, 2013 by

Even as former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush gives a full throttle defense of new national education standards going into effect in Florida, one of his closest allies continues to trash them as a federal dictate.

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, a Miami Republican, told an Orlando audience on Friday that he believes the education system needs reforms.

“But that should be driven at the state and local level, not a one-size-fits all Common Core curriculum imposed on the states by the federal Department of Education,” Rubio said in his speech to the Americans For Prosperity conference in Orlando.

Rubio’s shot at Common Core comes as opponents of Common Core up their lobbying of state lawmakers to kill the proposed new standards. They say they new standards will lead to standardized tests that lead to teachers teaching to tests.

But Bush and other Republicans have been fighting against those attacks. Bush has said Common Core is not a federal mandate from President Barack Obama, but rather a set of standards developed by state leaders like him to assure that Florida students are prepared for college and to compete globally. Read more about the battle in my story from last week.

Rubio no fan of Common Core education standards | August 30, 2013 | Jeremy Wallace | HT Politics.

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