I spoke with Texas Governor Rick Perry when he was at a business roundtable in Altoona, IA on Monday. I asked him about Common Core and Race to the Top. Perry was one of only two governors at the time to reject Race the Top funds (former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin was the other).
“It’s a 10th Amendment issue. If you want Washington, if you want to implement their standards, that’s your call. In Texas we had higher standards. We had higher standards than No Child Left Behind. We certainly had higher standards than (Common Core) so it was a very easy decision for Texans, myself and the Legislature included, to basically say we still believe that Texans know how to best run Texas. That the Texas Legislature, that the Texas School Boards, the Texas teachers, we collectively know best how to educate our children rather than some bureaucrat in Washington,” Perry said.
Tags: Common Core State Standards, Race to the Top, Rick Perry
Shane Vander Hart
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