In short, far from going away, Common Core remains as deeply entrenched in the United States today as it did the day Obama left office. If Trump is going to keep his promise to voters to end Common Core, it is going to take a lot more than a few bogus statements from DeVos to get that done.
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By: Alex Newman
Some bureaucracies were even worse than the State Department. At the U.S. Department of Education, which has usurped virtually all authority over what gets taught in government schools today, 99.7 percent of donations went to Clinton. Virtually every bureaucrat who donated (except three), then, supported Hillary Clinton, who supported Common Core and infamously claimed that it takes a (government) “village” to raise a child. That is why, despite the ostensible change in leadership, very little has actually changed in terms of policy at the department. In fact, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ false claims notwithstanding, the department continues its scheming to force government schools across America to teach the Obama-backed, dumbed-down Common Core standards — a politically toxic program to further nationalize and destroy education that Trump promised to crush.
Speaking recently on Fox, DeVos echoed those comments, saying the ESSA, “in the process of being implemented now, essentially does away with the whole argument about Common Core.” “Each state can set the standards for their state,” DeVos added. “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.”
Her claims about each state being allowed to select their own standards are technically true — that has always been the case, as the feds have no constitutional power over state and local education except what they can achieve via bribes and bullying. But in reality, the ESSA she claims abolishes Common Core actually purports to grant massive power to the Education Department, including the power to approve or deny approval for whatever standards a state selects, with multiple segments of the bill suggesting that only Common Core or something very similar would be approved.
According to a map produced by Education Week tracking the national standards , 36 states and Washington, D.C., still have the entire Common Core in place. On top of that, nine states made a few minor modifications — mostly cosmetic, meaningless changes such as slapping a new name on the scheme — and kept virtually all of it. Even in the states that never adopted it, the standards have been creeping in.
Again, in short, far from going away, Common Core remains as deeply entrenched in the United States today as it did the day Obama left office. If Trump is going to keep his promise to voters to end Common Core, it is going to take a lot more than a few bogus statements from DeVos to get that done.