RICE LAKE, Wis. — Common Core has infiltrated all 50 states, even though several governors initially rejected those federally promoted standards. Numerous governors who regret funding and supporting the Common Core State Standards have promised to repeal the federally aligned standards. Time has shown that those governors have simply renamed the standards. Therefore, the solution to the problem rests with the people of each state.
State governors and legislators can refuse to fund any aspect of federal programs imposed upon their state. They can demand that the U.S. Department of Education be required to bring all policy issues to Congress before imposing them on the states, and they can demand that federal-level legislators protect state autonomy in education. But governors and legislators cannot stop Common Core. People are in the best position to protect their children. Only they can prevent Common Core in their local schools.
Texans rejected Common Core originally, yet Women on the Wall held a National Conference on Education in Austin to address processes for eliminating Common Core from their schools. These federally aligned standards were introduced at the district level and wear a variety of new names, including CSCOPE. Even though the governor rejected Common Core and refused to fund the program, their schools are infected with federally aligned standards and testing.