More states will move away from Common Core

Sep 13, 2014 by

With opposition to Common Core gaining ground in the electorate, some politicians are beginning to respond.

U.S. Rep Tom Cotton, R-Ark., who is running for the U.S. Senate, said that gaining control of the Senate will allow conservatives to put the “brakes” on big government “regulatory overreaches” including the overhaul of Common Core state standards for national education.

Cotton, who is in a dead heat with Democratic incumbent Mark Pryor, blamed Senate Democrats for stalling legislation that could have “reformed” American education and returned implementation of school curriculum and testing back to the states and local governments as early as last summer.

“I think we may have to take legislative action to stop the federal government,” Cotton said. “One reason why I decided to run for the Senate is because it is important that we have a conservative Senate and a conservative House so that we can put the brakes on some of these regulatory overreaches.”

Cotton and Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal were interviewed in a webinar Tuesday entitled Common Core: The Government’s Classroom produced by the Family Research Council, a conservative Christian research group.

Cotton urged passage of the Student Success Act, which was passed by the House in July of 2013. The bill would eliminate the need for states to comply with national standards and testing in order to receive substantial federal funding. It would allow states and local school boards to create their own curriculums without worrying about less federal dollars coming to their school systems.

“Call your congressman. Call your senators. Especially call your Democratic senators,” Cotton said. “Its been stalled in the Senate.”

via Republican Candidates Starting to Respond to Common Core Opposition.

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