U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) announced his candidacy for President of the United States last night. Where does the junior Senator from Florida stand on the Common Core State Standards and NCLB reauthorization?
Here are three instances we have cited in the past where Rubio has voiced opposition.
In 2011, Rubio sent a letter to U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan opposing his use of NCLB conditional waivers to entice states to adopt the Common Core State Standards.
He was silent on the issue until 2013 when he was videoed discussing the Common Core State Standards. Here is an except of what he said:
And I am very concerned, and quite frankly opposed to any effort to try to create some sort of national curriculum standard and then try to leverage the power of the federal government’s funding to force states to adopt a certain curriculum standard. State and local levels are the best places to come up with curriculum reform, and its something the federal government shouldn’t be deeply involved in.
He reemphasized his opposition at Americans for Prosperity’s Defending the American Dream Summit in 2013 as well.
He has likely discussed the Common Core since, but I just haven’t written about it.
He voted along with other members of the Republican Senate Caucus in favor of the Local Control of Education Act that was passed as a budget amendment last month. He was not one of the Senators who signed onto U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley’s letter however. His position on No Child Left Behind reauthorization is unknown as well. He touted school choice during his annoucement speech, but made no mention of any other education-related issue. Education is not listed in the issues section of his website yet.