Few dispute that most of the professional journalists who staff the state’s top newspapers lean democrat and leftward. It often becomes obvious in their reporting on Common Core. Consider this from the editors of the Miami Herald:
In January, the Editorial Board lamented that Gov. Rick Scott, throughout his term, “has had a mixed record on education.” Unfortunately, he’s done little to disabuse South Floridians of that view.
He flirted with issuing an executive order to undo the Common Core State Standards, saying the curriculum was expensive and a sign of federal-government intrusion. He was pandering to his tea-party compatriots, of course, but not to anyone who cares deeply about the quality of education in the state — and that of the students graduating from its schools. If Common Core is expensive, just think of the how much an academically unprepared workforce will cost the state.
While it is true that a key state tea party leader in Patricia Sullivan has been a vocal leader in opposing Core, she would tell you she’s not alone; and it’s not just the tea party. In April 2013, the Republican National Committee drafted a resolution that opposed the “one-size-fits-all” goals. Center-right think-tanks like the American Enterprise Institute and the Heartland Institute have taken similar positions.
You can be sure that Scott is much more concerned about what the RNC is saying and the well-funded think-tanks which usually support his other initiatives are writing. Tea Party opposition is much more narrow in scope as it is focused on federal control. The RNC, AEI and Heartland are stomping up and down about the whole package.
The editors of the Herald ought to know this. To not recognize it reveals their bias. Are they so leftward leaning that they lump all conservatives together as the Tea Party?
At any rate, Common Core is finally receiving much-needed scrutiny from Florida republican legislators. We’ve separated from the national consortium, PARCC, which spawned state-wide outrage in New York and Arne Duncan’s repulsive quote that “white suburban mom’s are finding out their kids aren’t as smart as they thought.”
Common Core and it’s rigid, oppressive testing regime are collapsing because it’s bad policy. The Herald’s silly vision that wild-eyed Tea Partiers are dancing in Rick Scott’s head is, well, silly.