Don’t Buy Jeb Bush’s CPAC Spin on Common Core

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Photo credit: Gage Skidmore (CC-By-SA 2.0)

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush was interviewed by Sean Hannity during CPAC last week.  He addressed Bush’s support for Common Core.  Hannity asked if he thought that Common Core was a federal makeover.  Bush answered “no” and then expanded his answer to say “it shouldn’t be.”

With this President and this Department of Education there is a risk they will intrude … We should say quite clearly in the re-authorization of the K-12 law … the federal government has no role in the creation of standards either directly or indirectly; the federal government has no role in the creation of curriculum and content. The federal government should have no access to student ID or information.

Hannity let Bush off the hook by just focusing on the Federal involvement with Common Core.  He could have asked why Bush believed centralizing education was the way to go.  He could have asked what data does Bush offer to prove this type of reform works.  He could have also asked his opinion on whether Bush approves of state legislators not having the opportunity to vote on the Common Core.  That question would have given us a peek into Bush’s views on the separation of powers.

Instead Bush for all practical purposes was handled with kids gloves on this issue and allowed to spin his answer into something he thinks conservatives would want to hear and gave him an opportunity to pin blame on President Obama.  What he doesn’t say is that the National Governors Association invited federal involvement.

Frankly Bush’s answer is akin to closing the barn door after the horse got out and with his advocacy of Common Core it’s really hard to believe he would do anything to restore local control in education.

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