The Common Core Report Card: Bobby Jindal Gets a B+

In our Common Core report card, we graded Bobby Jindal and all of the GOP candidates based on the three following criteria: fighting the Common Core, protecting state and local decision-making on education, and defending child and family privacy. Then we averaged the three grades together for one final grade. What does each grade mean? A … Champions the issue, e.g., offers legislation, makes it a centerpiece issue. B … Professes support, but has not provided leadership or otherwise championed it. C … Has neither helped nor hurt the cause. D … Has an overall negative record on the issue. F … Robustly and consistently works against

The Common Core Report Card: Ted Cruz Gets an A-

In our Common Core report card, we graded Ted Cruz and all of the GOP candidates based on the three following criteria: fighting the Common Core, protecting state and local decision-making on education, and defending child and family privacy. Then we averaged the three grades together for one final grade. What does each grade mean? A … Champions the issue, e.g., offers legislation, makes it a centerpiece issue. B … Professes support, but has not provided leadership or otherwise championed it. C … Has neither helped nor hurt the cause. D … Has an overall negative record on the issue. F … Robustly

The Common Core Report Card: Rand Paul Gets an A-

In our Common Core report card, we graded Rand Paul and all of the GOP candidates based on the three following criteria: fighting the Common Core, protecting state and local decision-making on education, and defending child and family privacy. Then we averaged the three grades together for one final grade. What does each grade mean? A … Champions the issue, e.g., offers legislation, makes it a centerpiece issue. B … Professes support, but has not provided leadership or otherwise championed it. C … Has neither helped nor hurt the cause. D … Has an overall negative record on the issue. F … Robustly and consistently works against the

ThePulse2016 Report Card: Common Core

Four years ago, Common Core was considered a “done deal,” uncontroversial and approved by Democrats and Republican leaders alike. It had been pushed into 45 states without notice to legislators and parents alike. Today, Common Core and related educational issues of local control of schools and family privacy have emerged as significant campaign issues for candidates and for a motivated network of grassroots citizens-turned activists. ThePulse2016.com (a project of American Principles in Action) and New Hampshire’s Cornerstone Action are releasing our first formal report card to voters on how GOP candidates are doing in responding to the concerns of Common Core

Christie Sells Out New Jersey’s Students on Common Core

In a recent interview on CNN, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie argued that the “national teachers union” deserves a “punch in the face” because it is “not for education for our children” but is rather for “greater membership, greater benefits, greater pay for their members.” But how does that statement square with Christie’s actions as governor? Here’s his recent explanation as to why his state adopted the national Common Core Standards: “We signed on to try to get funds during a really difficult fiscal time.” Until recently, he had been an ardent supporter of the Common Core.  In 2013 he was

Bush Disappoints Common Core Moms (and Dads) in Debate

Parents fighting the Common Core watched the Fox News GOP debate hoping to hear a candidate who spoke with certainty and conviction and who clearly would champion their cause. Only two candidates were directly asked about the Common Core. When Jeb Bush was asked to defend his support of Common Core he responded that the federal government shouldn’t be directly or indirectly involved in the creation of standards. He then went on to say that, if a state wants to get out of Common Core, it should adopt high standards.  What he glosses over is that he has a long

Did Walker Really Stop Common Core in Wisconsin?

On paper, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has been a critic of the Common Core State Standards since 2013, when he issued an order allowing school districts to opt out of the standards.  In an April interview with Caffeinated Thoughts and occasional The Pulse contributor Shane Vander Hart, he went into the details of his action: There is no law that mandates it. What it does, the language we put in explicitly says school districts don’t have to, and that the language in there…there is not a law that says they have to do Common Core. There is a law that says they

House Republicans Betray Common Core Moms

The Republican leadership in the U.S. House of Representatives has worked a tremendous disservice on its members and the American children, parents, and taxpayers.  Yesterday, after heavy wrangling by Republican leadership, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 5, the reauthorization of No Child Left Behind (NCLB). By failing to eliminate or even curb the federal testing mandates, the bill instead serves the testing industry rather than the people.  Under NCLB, that industry has grown to a $2 billion per year enterprise. As reported by PR Watch: School testing corporations have spent at least $20 million on lobbying along with wining

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