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DeVos Calls for an End to Common Core

December 14, 2016

School Choice Weekly #162

Common Core opponents criticized President-elect Donald Trump for picking Betsy DeVos for U.S. Secretary of Education because of her ties to organizations that support the increasingly unpopular standards. Despite announcing she is “not a supporter – period” of Common Core, Politico reports DeVos is having to continue to insist on her disapproval:

President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for education secretary, Betsy DeVos, pushed back against criticism of her selection today -- accusing the media of spreading false stories about her.

“There’s a lot of false news out there,” DeVos said on stage with Trump at a rally in her hometown of Grand Rapids, Mich. “All I ask for is an open mind and the opportunity to share my heart.”

DeVos called for a decrease in the federal government’s role in education. “The answer is local control,” she said, and “giving more choices” to parents. DeVos proposed “letting states set their own high standards and finally putting an end to the federalized Common Core.”

Despite the would-be Ed Sec doubling down on her opposition to Common Core, not everyone is convinced. A Stop Common Core in Michigan leader told Breitbart.com, “We’re not fooled by a single, carefully parsed statement on a webpage that she is ‘not a supporter – period. We know the truth. We experienced it first-hand.”

SOURCE: Politico


IN THIS ISSUE:


School Choice Roundup

  • NEW ORLEANS: Only a handful of traditional public schools remain in New Orleans, which is well on its way to becoming the first major city with an all-charter public school system.

Common Core and Curriculum Watch


Education Today

  • BAD TEACHERS: The Thomas B. Fordham Institute has released a study showing despite recent efforts to make evaluations more effective, it’s still difficult to fire bad teachers in many districts.
  • UNIONS: Trump has been blasting labor unions on Twitter and appointing union critics to his cabinet, and union bosses say he’s out to “destroy” the labor movement.

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Teresa Mull is a policy advisor for education and an editor at The Heartland Institute.
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