Can Rubio Be Trusted on Common Core?

November 12, 2015

by Emmett McGroarty


Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) (photo credit: Gage Skidmore)

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) (photo credit: Gage Skidmore)

Breitbart’s Dr. Susan Berry has rightly raised the alarm about Sen. Marco Rubio’s presidential candidacy.  His statements and actions on education invite concern and doubt.

Rubio speaks about America having to prepare children for the “global economy” and thereby parrots Common Core talking points.  He talks about the wonders of vocational education without really saying what he means by that.  He ambiguously declares, “There is no reason for the federal government to be involved in K-12 education through Common Core.”

Does Rubio recognize the qualitative defects in the Common Core?  In particular, when he speaks about vocational education, is he referencing an authentic education that expands students’ horizons, that prepares them for jobs while also preparing them, if they should choose to pursue it, for authentic university studies?  Or does Rubio mean a dumbed-down Common Core-based curriculum that locks children into an inferior education?

And what does Rubio intend by his reference federal involvement in Common Core?  What systemic changes does he propose to prevent another federally induced education train wreck?  What specifically will he do to make it clear to states and localities that they are free to jettison Common Core and adopt their own standards?  Does Rubio favor lifting the federal testing and standards requirements?

We’ve previously written that Rubio is fence sitting on the Common Core.  His latest statements cause more concern.  On top of that, as Dr. Berry writes:

Recently, however, Rubio received the endorsement of billionaire Paul Singer, a supporter of Common Core and a donor, through his foundation, to Jeb Bush’s Foundation for Excellence in Education, a pro-Common Core nonprofit.

Normally one would not scrutinize a candidate’s donors, but Rubio’s policy vagueness invites such scrutiny.  Rubio has the makings of an establishment candidate—someone who throws out guarded applause lines during the nomination process but, once in office, sidles back up to elitists.

Emmett McGroarty is the executive director of APP Education.


Emmett McGroarty is the director of APP Education.

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4 comments on “Can Rubio Be Trusted on Common Core?”

  • Jim144 says:

    @Mr Conservative 
    Since when is pointing out possible pitfalls considered to be “bashing”? I don’t think you are a conservative at all and this may or may not be the case but I suspect you are probably in bed with Common Core supporters. Sure sounds like it to me.

  • Jim144 says:

    defendtheconstitution 
    Could not agree more. Well said on all counts.

  • defendtheconstitution says:

    @Mr Conservative  Now is the time to vet candidates; not when they win the primary!  Where do you see false information in this article?  Bashing is what Donald Trump is doing!   I am a constitutional conservative.  I am adamantly opposed to common core and PARCC and fighting it in New Jersey.  It concerns me that he is receiving donations from a man who is a supporter of common core and has donated to Jeb Bush’s  pro-common core nonprofit.  Follow the money!  The only true constitutional conservative is Ted Cruz.  He has stood up against the Washington cartel numerous times in the Senate and has argued in the Supreme Court and won cases.  #CruzCrew

  • Mr Conservative says:

    This article is absurd. As a conservative, I am ashamed. Why are we bashing and falsifying our candidates with this trash?

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