Across political parties, the parent and teacher supported, “Stop Common Core ballot line,” received the 50,000 votes it needs for ballot status, according to the state Board of Elections. This signals the fact that the issue of Common Core implementation in the schools and in the classrooms is not going away anytime soon. In fact this issue might take have an important role in the 2016 election, should Jeb Bush, for governor of Florida, decide to run for president.
Currently, despite the controversy, Jeb Bush holds firm to his support of Common Core. The question is why? One appropriate response might be connected to its original intent. It all started with former Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano, who was the 2006-07 chair of the National Governors Association. As leader of the association she led a bipartisan group of governors to create the initiative which was eventually adopted by 45 states and the District of Columbia. The Common Core was designed to boost academic achievement and allow for comparisons across states. One important goal was to hand power back to the states to implement standards called for in President George W. Bush’s No Child Left Behind law.
However, when the President tied the disbursal of federal education grants to states adopting Common Core, many revolted including once supportive teachers and administrators. The connection to dollars has given the impression, truly or falsely, that the federal government is intent on overreaching into state rights.
In any case, with the Stop Common Core Ballot in place, parents and teachers will still have a voice in the coming elections. Isn’t that as it should be? Please read, respond and subscribe.