Corruption Rampant in Common Core Standards
Last week I told you that the Common Core State Standards were just another fine example of government and special interest groups at their best, and that couldn’t be more true…
The truth of the matter is that states were bribed into participation, and politicians are using it to advance their political careers. Now, let’s not forget that everything the federal government touches lately seems to end in scandal and corruption. I don’t know about you, but that’s not what I want for education in America. If you ask me, the politicians should back off our kids’ educations and let parents and educators take care of them.
All Deception From Common Core Advocates
Those who support Common Core are going to tell you that it puts education back into the hands of the state. They’re going to tell you that local districts will be more involved in decision-making than ever before and that there will be more opportunity for parental involvement. Don’t be fooled. They’re lying.
The states were like Porky and Buckwheat from the Little Rascals when it came time to sign up for Common Core. The government tied a dollar to the leg of a duck, and the states chased after the money, leaving our schools unguarded.
In 2009, The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act was passed and included over $4.3 billion in educational grants known as the Race to the Top. Schools across America needed the money, and states were left to compete for the grants. However, in order for states to be eligible for Race to the Top funds, they had to adopt the Common Core State Standards before the standards were even complete! These states agreed to implement Common Core more than a year before the standards were released because they wanted the money.
Seems simple enough: if you want the new federal grants, you play by the government’s rules. But is anything involving the government ever that simple? In 2010, the Department of Education attached more strings to federal funding: “Beginning in 2015, formula funds will be available only to states that are implementing assessments based on college and career ready standards that are common to a significant number of states.” In other words, all formula funds, like Title I funding, would be linked to compliance with Common Core.
More Money More Problems
The government capitalized on the states’ need for educational funding in order to get them to blindly agree to implement Common Core. It used money to take advantage of the states, but a few politicians are using Common Core for an advantage of their own.
Take a look at Jeb Bush. The former governor of Florida is working overtime to promote Common Core across the country. Bush’s Foundation for Excellence in Education has given him a platform to push the standards… But Bush couldn’t be benefitting from these maneuvers, now could he? As a matter of fact, just this month the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation gave Bush’s non-profit a grant of $1.5 million… Not to mention that the Gates Foundation granted Excellence in Education more than $1.6 million between 2010 and 2012.
The youngest Bush brother has been rubbing shoulders with some of Common Core’s key supporters. He even attended a private meeting on Kiawah Island with the Gates, Oprah, Warren Buffet and Michael Bloomberg earlier this year. Maybe Bush really is a fan of Common Core. Maybe he’s pushing Common Core in order to help his black sheep brother Neil with his educational software company. Or maybe he’s building a platform for a 2016 presidential bid. There’s really no clear answer, but it’s safe to say he’s got something up his sleeve and conservatives should beware.
Common Core State Standards isn’t the public education reform America needs. It’s just more of what we already have and need a lot less of: big government. It’s bad enough when big government targets your wallet and your emails, but now it’s targeting our kids.
Ronald Reagan said, “Government is not the solution to our problem. Government is the problem.”
In pursuit of the truth,