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“We Have to Take Public Education Back From Corporate Reformers”


They have no money and no expensive TV-ad campaigns in Iowa; they have only their passion for their children against Bill Gates and the federal government, who have pushed a totally untested curriculum regime on their children.

Jeb Bush and others then say the problem is just “implementation.”  But it is a big problem when an untested set of standards are imposed in three-quarters of the nation because a handful of well-meaning billionaires thought they might help.

But I suspect Bobby Jindal was right: don’t bet against the moms.

Here is audio from a rally on Long Island—apparently 1,500 upset moms and educators were not big enough to attract TV.

New York Newsday also provided some video here.

A teacher stood up and told parents to opt out of the test as that is the only control they have over a government imposing Common Core on their kids.

One of the moms opposing the Common Core told CBS News: “We have to take public education back from corporate reformers.”  This is not primarily an ideological movement, right or left.

It is what a true grassroots rebellion looks like.

Maggie Gallagher is editor of

Maggie Gallagher

Maggie Gallagher is a senior fellow at the American Principles Project.