The backlash is richly deserved. The Common Core standards are academically inferior to the standards they replaced in high performing states; and they ignore empirical lessons of how states like Massachusetts achieved historic successes. Neither local leaders nor their constituents like having policies force fed by Washington, especially when the new requirements amount to a massive, and possibly illegal, unfunded mandate. Common Core’s troubles are just beginning.
Jim Stergios is executive director of Pioneer Institute. Jamie Gass is director of the Pioneer Institute’s Center for School Reform.
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