Education and the Common Core were important to the voters that came out on election night. Voters resoundingly sided with candidates who both rejected Common Core national standards and tests and promised to restore state and local control of education.
In Arizona, Diane Douglas, who sought the position of State Superintendent of Public Instruction, ran explicitly on an anti-Common Core platform. As of Nov.5, she still has not been declared the winner, but discussions loom about what will replace Common Core, if she should happen to secure the position. As Politico noted, “Her victory would be a huge win for the anti-Common Core movement.”
Richard Woods, who will become Georgia’s new state superintendent, also campaigned on an anti-Common Core platform and has pledged to work to create Georgia-based curriculum standards. In South Carolina, which withdrew from Common Core earlier this year and already has planned to write its own standards, Molly Spearman, an anti-Common Core candidate, won her bid for state superintendent. The potential for Arizona and Georgia to reject Common Core and forge a new path forward is particularly notable. Lastly, Doug Ducey, who was elected governor of Arizona yesterday, has said the state can do better than federally funded standards, which should not be imposed from the top down.
Momentum against Common Core has been mounting. Already this year, four states—Indiana, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Louisiana—withdrew from the national standards and tests, and more than a dozen others either have exited or downgraded their involvement with the assessment component.
In own New York State, the issue of Common Core Standards and teacher evaluation, as well as student instruction were front and center. As many know it was even on the ballot so that voters had a choice of selecting a candidate on that issue alone. However, now that the election is over, will the Stop Common Core ballot line remain? In order to receive a permanent spot on New York ballots for the next four years, a third-party line’s gubernatorial candidate has to receive 50,000 votes. With state Board of Elections data showing about 76 percent of precincts reporting, the Republican-led Stop Common Core line also appears to be on its way to 50,000 votes. With 77.4 percent reporting, the Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino had 40,948 votes on the line — 82 percent of the way to 50,000 as of Nov.5. What do you think? Should the Common Core ballot line and this issue remain on the minds of the voters for the next election? Please read, subscribe and respond.