From the New York Times:
Its most outspoken Republican defender, former Gov. Jeb Bush of Florida, is also the most talked-about potential presidential candidate among mainstream party leaders and donors. Mr. Bush has called out some Republicans who have switched positions, drawing what will be a dividing line in the campaign if he or other defenders of the Common Core choose to run. He is joined by Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey, but theirs is becoming a small club.
“I’m a big fan of Jeb Bush; I think he’s an important leader on many issues,” said Senator Ted Cruz, Republican of Texas. “But on the question of Common Core, I emphatically do not agree with Common Core.” His opinion of the program is shared by two Senate colleagues and possible 2016 rivals for the presidential nomination, Senators Rand Paul of Kentucky and Marco Rubio of Florida.
Mr. Cruz’s view also aligns with that of several Republican governors contemplating presidential runs. Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana signed legislation last month that made his state the first to opt out of the Common Core after having adopted it. Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin said he wanted his state to establish its own educational goals. And Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana suggested that he might use executive authority to go around the State Legislature if lawmakers did not withdraw from the group of states developing the standardized test associated with the Common Core.
What’s happening here?
Perhaps its the long awaited awakening by conservatives on corporate-driven reform. Consider this from a recent story by Tim Murphy that appeared in Mother Jones:
There are Republicans and there are conservatives—conservatives would look at this and say, ‘This is not a good idea; why are we doing this?'” says Jane Robbins, a senior fellow at the American Principles Project, when I ask about Bush. “You have the elite crony capitalist wing of the party that supports it.”
You can’t get much more conservative than APP.
Florida’s awakening on Core has proceeded at a slower pace, strangely stalled by unusual bedfellows. Gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist cynical support of Core is intended to make Rick Scott look bad. The Florida Chamber of Commerce want’s Core, too. It is they who represent Bush’s “crony capitalist wing of the party.”
John O’Connor reports in State Impact that opponents of Core in Florida want a special legislation session. While they won’t get one, it shows that Core opponents aren’t going away. What the issue becomes in the upcoming race for governor likely between Scott and Crist remains to be seen.