“There isn’t really any Common Core anymore, and each state is able to set the standards for their state,” Ms. DeVos said on Fox News.
If our young people and people in general want to live the American dream, it all begins with education. It’s so important, and yet as a country we have common core. It’s a disaster! It’s run from Washington. It’s not run locally worldwide. We’re ranked number 30, which is terrible, and yet we’re the most expensive anywhere in the world on a per pupil basis. Go figure.
The Every Student Succeeds Act [ESSA], which is in the process of being implemented now, essentially does away with the whole argument about Common Core,” DeVos said, adding:
“Each state can set the standards for their state. They may elect to adopt very high standards for their students to aspire to and work toward. That will be up to each state to be able to ascertain what is right for that state. We hope that all of them will have very high expectations.”
The secretary’s comments come in sharp contrast with President Donald Trump’s statement at a CEO Business Town Hall several weeks ago. During that meeting, Trump returned to his campaign promise to end the Common Core standards and once again make education policy the domain of state and local governments.
“Common Core, I mean, we have to bring education more local,” Trump said at the White House. “We can’t be managing education from Washington.”
The president continued:
When I go out to Iowa, when I go out to the different states and I talk, they want to run their school programs locally and they’ll do a much better job… And I like the fact of getting rid of Common Core. You know, Common Core, to me, we have to end it. We have to bring education local, to me. I’ve always said it, I’ve been saying it during the campaign, and we’re doing it. (source: Breitbart)
Common Core was widely unpopular among conservative groups who claimed it gave more power to the federal government without addressing the major issues of education.
Every Swamp creature will unite to fight against the president on this, so his leadership will be critical. We look forward to seeing what steps the Trump Administration will take in the coming months to take power away from Washington D.C. and return it to parents.
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