Why States Should Hop Off the Federal Bandwagon

4/23/12 Article on Heritage Foundation Blog

When “states signed on to common core standards, they did not realize…that they were transferring control of the school curriculum to the federal government,” said Sandra Stotsky, 21st Century Chair in Teacher Quality at the University of Arkansas’s Department of Education Reform, speaking at The Heritage Foundation on Tuesday.

Stotsky and four other education scholars from around the nation met to discuss the Obama Administration’s growing push for Common Core national education standards and why states should resist Washington’s attempt to further centralize education.

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One Response to Why States Should Hop Off the Federal Bandwagon

  • Vicki Gerlach says:

    I spoke to a teacher in the grocery store. They feel like a gun is to their head daily when I asked about curriculum. They have no control of it. The more they comply the results seem worse for children.
    Bullying seems prevalence based on statistics and voting results. More professional dislike curriculum control from the top, yet are unable to speak up. Can
    we have a community volunteer voting poll that is not recorded with who voted which way. To protest the teachers’ jobs and speak clearly what a professional think about this program? This teacher does not consider themselves as a republican, more liberal. This teacher is excellent. I would hate to lose them from the community of our classrooms. They have so much to share.

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