Will Costs Crush Common Core?

Perry Chiamamonte of FOX News reports that “states are learning the cost of Common Core is uncommonly high.”

States will spend up to an estimated $10 billion up front, then as much as $800 million per year for the first seven years that the controversial program is up and running. Much of the cost is on new, Common Core-aligned textbooks and curriculum, but the added expenses also include teacher training, technology upgrades, testing and assessment. The figures are taking states by surprise.

And Common Core’s technological infrastructure would be long obsolete at the end of seven years, too. States would again be having conversations like Florida where the governor is saying that technology is a priority again. That $40 million Rick Scott has in his budget won’t go very far.

“$10 billion up front, then as much as $800 million per year for the first seven years”

No wonder the Chamber of Commerce s going to the mat on Common Core. What a bonanza that is for the burgeoning education technology industry. Getting Common Core imbedded will commit states to keeping it on life support with taxpayer dollars in a corporate welfare scheme of unprecedented proportions.

The only assurances that the nation has that this is a good idea are rhetorical. We’re told they “are internationally bench-marked,” are “transportable” and “will prepare students to compete in a global workforce.”

And to sustain them, the nation will need the concrete mixer contininously cashed-up with taxpayer dollars to fill a money pit that always seems to be just getting bigger.



About Bob Sikes

A long time ago and a planet far, far away I was an athletic trainer for the New York Mets. I was blessed to be part of the now legendary 1986 World Series Championship. My late father told me that I'd one day be thankful I had that degree in teaching from Florida State University. He was right and I became twice blesses to become a teacher in the late 1990's. After dabbling with writing about the Mets and then politics, I settled on education.
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One Response to Will Costs Crush Common Core?

  1. TrumanFan says:

    The technology costs alone are budget busters. While school computers do get constant use,
    there is more need for consistent maintenance than for constant upgrades. Imparting instruction, recording grades, accessing the internet, etc. don’t require constant, state-of-the-art upgrades. I wish the computer companies were as interested in durability as in constant new obligations for the taxpayers to finance.

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