Sunday, March 30, 2014

Common Core emerges as potent election issue for fed-up parents

By March 29, 2014

Parents across the country may hold the key to this year's mid-term elections as they vent their anger over the implementation of a controversial education achievement measure called the Common Core State Standards Initiative. Forty-five states and the District of Columbia have adopted the initiative in a bid, they say, to improve education standards in Math and English, and give new life to what many view as a sagging education system. Indiana recently voted to back out of Common Core.

But many parents see the initiative as a bid by the federal government to take over the education system. They are also angry over the "data mining" of students' personal information, and say the stepped-up standards are not age-appropriate and are leading to anxiety and depression in their children.  Analysts warn the parental opposition could spill over into the November elections.

"You really have a populist reaction, and that's true on the left and the right," says Tom Loveless, a senior fellow with the Brown Center on Education Policy at Brookings Institute in Washington, D.C……"It is already becoming a primary and general election issue in everything from local school board races to gubernatorial and U.S. Senate races," she added……"It influences our vote because this reform is hurting our children," she added. "It is cognitively inappropriate and violating our parent rights."...To Read More....

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