"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,' explained Sandra Stotsky, 21st Century Chair in Teacher Quality at the University of Arkansas' Department of Education Reform.
"Theodor Rebarber, CEO and founder of AccountabilityWorks, explained, 'States did almost no cost analysis' when they signed on to adopt the Common Core Standards, although Rebarber noted, the Pioneer Institute report he authored conservatively estimated the overall national cost for implementing Common Core at a hefty $16 billion.
"Jim Stergios of the Pioneer Institute warned that the standards create 'a disincentive to innovators long term.' Federal involvement in curriculum, as attorney Kent Talbert of Talbert and Eitel explained, may even be illegal because three federal laws prohibit 'federal direction, control or supervision of curricula, programs of instruction and instructional materials ... in the elementary and secondary school arena.'"
A pivotal moment in the history of American education will quietly occur on May 11 in Charlotte, N.C., when the board of the influential (and under fire) conservative American Legislative Exchange Council will meet to decide whether or not to accept its own education task force's recommendation of model legislation blocking implementation of Obama's Common Core.
"We eagerly anticipate that the ALEC Board will affirm the task force vote," said Emmett McGroarty, who works with the American Principles Project, which co-sponsored the Pioneer study and which lobbied for model legislation at ALEC. (Full disclosure: One of my projects, the Culture War Victory Fund, is also housed at APP.)
Obama's Common Core Standards violate federal laws in order to take over control of curriculum, on behalf of an unproven education initiative that leaves states $16 billion in debt.
Sarah Palin and Rick Perry are proven to be prophets. ALEC, you know what to do.
Maggie Gallagher is a nationally syndicated columnist, a leading voice in the new marriage movement and co-author of The Case for Marriage: Why Married People Are Happier, Healthier, and Better Off Financially.