House Republicans Betray Common Core Moms

July 9, 2015

by Emmett McGroarty


Photo credit: Peter Stevens via Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) speaks to House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) (Photo credit: Peter Stevens via Flickr, CC BY 2.0)

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 and dining—or even hiring—policymakers in pursuit of big revenues from federal and state testing mandates under “No Child Left Behind” measures and the Common Core curriculum, according to new analysis detailed in this Reporters’ Guide by the Center for Media and Democracy (CMD).

Sadly, standardized tests provide very little instructional value, take up an enormous amount of true instructional time, and cost the states enormous amounts of money.

Furthermore, H.R. 5 amounts to an assault on child privacy interests.  It removes protection against socio-emotional profiling in the statewide assessments (eliminating NCLB’s prohibition against including assessment items that “evaluate or assess personal or family beliefs and attitudes”). Not only does it fail to protect against psychological data-gathering, it actually dictates the type of Brave New World assessments that operate by compiling and analyzing psychological profiles on children.  Unlike NCLB, H.R. 5 also requires assessment on behavioral/skills-based standards rather than solely academic standards.

H.R. 5 also grants the U.S. Department of Education power that it had appropriated for itself to advance its Race to the Top and NCLB waiver processes. There, the Department used grants and waivers to usher the states into the Common Core.  Those mechanisms were not guaranteed, as Texas never surrendered, but they were highly coercive and effective against just about every other state.  Under H.R. 5, money is tied to the Department’s approval of a state education plan.  The state plan must include an accountability structure based upon the adopted standards and assessments to ensure “that all public school students graduate from high school prepared for postsecondary education or the workforce without the need for remediation.”  The Department used this same language to define alignment with the Common Core Standards and required it for approval of NCLB waivers and grants. (H.R. 5 reinforces this alignment criteria by including that language again in its Statement of Purpose.)  The use of this language in H.R. 5 gives the federal government a powerful tool to push states to keep Common Core or, just as happened to Indiana, “re-branded” standards similar to Common Core.

Leadership points to language in the bill prohibiting federal overreach.  However, that language replicates existing prohibitions – prohibitions that did not stop the federal government from driving Common Core into the states.  There is a central problem with these prohibitions: they lack an enforcement mechanism for the states and leave the Department as the judge and jury of its own actions.

It is appalling that the Republican House of Representatives passed this 800-page bill – one of the most far-reaching pieces of domestic legislation – without holding many, if any, town hall meetings. Certainly, the effort that leadership spent arm-twisting its membership would have been better spent encouraging its members to meet with their constituents and giving them time in which to do so.

Is institutional arrogance rife across all three branches of the federal government?

Emmett McGroarty is the executive director of APIA Education.


Emmett McGroarty is the director of APP Education.

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22 comments on “House Republicans Betray Common Core Moms”

  • BruceBratton says:

    This is just another example of the people that we elected to represent us going the way of “the party” rather than the people.  As long as we are stupid enough to keep re-electing them, they will continue to lie to us and screw us.

  • DonRhudy says:

    AntonioFaz It is long past time, ‘Tonio!

  • DonRhudy says:

    Young parents:  Take your children out of public school.  Find a private school based on Hillsdale College’s principles or teach them yourself.  There are plenty of Home School educational programs you can use.  Google them up!  Here’s the motto:  No Child In Public School (NCIPS).  Public Schools nearly ruined my mind, and that was back in the 1940s and 1950s when they were actually pretty good.

  • Herbie says:

    What is the home school program you use?

  • FederalistNo46 says:

    DaleMcGeorge FederalistNo46 exactly what i would hope you would do

  • lindalr24 says:

    williams1205 Sadly, the states are greedy little pigs feeding at the fed trough, they will never give up their free money and most of us would gladly do without it!!!!!!!!!!

  • AntonioFaz says:

    I am sorry with these so called Republican party maybe it’s time to create a third party that will represent the American people Time is running out!!!

  • DavidFox2 says:

    The federal government was not to be the educators of our children.  It was to be the states and local representatives. Please show me were the word education is written in the constitution.

  • DianneHeintzeman says:

    Common Core is designed to confuse children so they will submit to the bigger plan for them to be a slave,  Why a world doesn’t want strong, intelligent, free thinkers, with problem solving/inventive ideas coming from our children is a mystery to me.

  • Kota says:

    How does this comment make sense when it was the republicans that voted this bill?

  • williams1205 says:

    Nullification. States need to refuse to go along with Common Core. That will get the Feds attention. I think its time States start the process of seceding from the United States. Who cares if its not legal. Washington sure doesn’t care about whats legal or not. If States seriously started the process of seceding, it would rock Washington! Would be interesting to watch.

  • April says:

    Common Core is the reason I pulled my daughter from public school. I now homeschool my daughter, which I started last year after I learned she was failing math the first month of her third grade year. Her failing a class was not typical because she was Principal’s Honor Roll since kindergarten (I am not bragging just making a point). My daughter’s math teacher confided in me, and told me that she had not even been trained for the common core. If the math teacher has not even been trained on common core math how are the students expected to learn or understand the information they are taught? Thankfully, I have had great success with the homeschool program I selected and I will continue to homeschool my daughter until the problem with Common Core is resolved. Although my daughter is homeschooled, I will continue to fight the good fight for the future of our kids.

  • DaleMcGeorge says:

    FederalistNo46 DaleMcGeorge Thank you for the link you sent. I will pass it on to my Facebook contacts if you don’t mind.

  • micsou says:

    @lycos50 they may remember but what revionist version? Libtards have about 3 months of recall.

  • micsou says:

    Common Core is for retards. Nowhere else on phukin Earth does 8+4= 13. Only in marxtardia, formerly known as America.

  • FederalistNo46 says:

    DaleMcGeorge https://www.govtrack.us/

  • Andy says:

    Yes Emmett, the answer to your final question is a resounding YES!  Hard to believe you still haven’t figured that out yet.

  • KarenB says:

    DaleMcGeorge I have a list of who voted for, against and there were 3 that did not vote.  27 Rs voted against it as did EVERY Democrat (of course the reasons for voting against it were much different than the reasons we want to see if killed) If you send me your email address I will send the file.  Just message me on FB  Karen Bracken

  • DaleMcGeorge says:

    We need to have someone or some organization post a record of who voted for, against. abstained or didn’t show, for this and other votes. This information needs to be readily and easily available for everyone. Most working men and women don’t have the time to research each bill and those who voted for it to pass, Complaining and expressing our disgust doesn’t accomplish anything. We need to become informed and then inform others so that the bad apples are removed.

  • Ken Pataska says:

    @lycos50 Yup! Remember to NEVER VOTE DUMB-O-C_NT!!!!!

  • Ken Pataska says:

    NO COMMIE CORE!!!!!
    Flush all the Libturds, and America’s problems GO DOWN THE TUBES!!!!!

  • lycos50 says:

    I think it’s time for Heritage to keep a separate educational Common Core score card on Republicans in Congress. It should include votes on NCLB re-authorization in both houses and their votes on the various amendments to the bills.
    2016 races are not very far away. People will remember.

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