Common Core Sees Numerous Setbacks


NPR (6/10, Kamenetz) reports in its “NprEd” blog on the recent “bunch of front-page news on the Common Core,” noting that opinions of the standards are “trending toward the heated.” The piece describes the bills signed in South Carolina, Oklahoma, and Indiana pulling those states out of the Common Core, noting that those states “now face spending tens of millions of dollars to create new standards, adopt new materials to go with them and retrain teachers.” The piece explores the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s support for the standards, and the influence of the “unique system of highly localized control of public schools” in the US. The article notes that many Common Core critics are troubled by “the close association between the Gates Foundation and the U.S. Department of Education under the Obama administration.”