Apparently the Republican National Committee didn’t check with Jeb Bush before drafting a resolution against Common Core Standards that is the cornerstone of his corporate takeover of public schools. Here’s the text of the resolution as it was printed in self-described conservative website, Illinois Review:
RESOLUTION CONCERNING COMMON CORE EDUCATION STANDARDS
WHEREAS, the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are a set of academic standards, promoted and supported by two private membership organizations, the National Governor’s Association (NGA) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) as a method for conforming American students to uniform (“one size fits all”) achievement goals to make them more competitive in a global marketplace, (1.) and
WHEREAS, the NGA and the CCSSO, received tens of millions of dollars from private third parties to advocate for and develop the CCSS strategy, subsequently created the CCSS through a process that was not subject to any freedom of information acts or other sunshine laws, and never piloted the CCSS, and
WHEREAS, even though Federal Law prohibits the federalizing of curriculum (2.), the Obama Administration accepted the CCSS plan and used 2009 Stimulus Bill money to reward the states that were most committed to the president’s CCSS agenda; but, they failed to give states, their legislatures and their citizens time to evaluate the CCSS before having to commit to them, and
WHEREAS, the NGA and CCSSO in concert with the same corporations developing the CCSS ‘assessments’ have created new textbooks, digital media and other teaching materials aligned to the standards which must be purchased and adopted by local school districts in order that students may effectively compete on CCSS ‘assessments’, and
WHEREAS, the CCSS program includes federally funded testing and the collection and sharing of massive amounts of personal student and teacher data, and
Do Florida republican legislators and Rick Scott know that their own party are against Common Core? Implementation of Common Core was part of the marching orders that Tony Bennett Tony Bennett’s received from Rick Scott when he was named Florida’s education commissioner. Jeb Bush was able to stop ALEC from passing a resolution against Common Core two summers ago. Will he be able to get to the RNC? And he’s supposed to be of presidential timber for the hard-core republican faithful?
Bush is not used to being questioned on education policy and has lived a charmed life from criticism. How will he answer republican critics?