From Tampa Bay Times reporter Alex Leary:
Sen. Marco Rubio has joined growing criticism of the education standards known as Common Core, putting him in conflict with Jeb Bush at a time when Rubio is sharpening his conservative credentials.
“Common Core started out as a well-intentioned effort to develop more rigorous curriculum standards,” Rubio said in a statement to the Tampa Bay Times. “However, it is increasingly being used by the Obama Administration to turn the Department of Education into what is effectively a national school board. This effort to coerce states into adhering to national curriculum standards is not the best way to help our children attain the best education. Empowering parents, local communities and the individual states is the best approach.”
Rubio, who supported more rigorous education standards as part of his 100 Ideas project as Florida House speaker, first voiced opposition to the conservative Shark Tank blog.
It’s not the first time that Rubio has created distance for himself from Bush. In 2011, Bush was publicly supporting Arne Duncan’s NCLB waiver gambit. Rubio advised Duncan that he did not have the authority to do so.