One Wyoming State Representative’s Walk Doesn’t Match Talk on Common Core

There is an incumbent State Representative that has a contested primary in House District 50.  State Representative David Northrup (R-Powell) told Wyoming Citizens Opposing Common Core in a candidate survey said that he has a working knowledge of the Common Core State Standards and that he is opposed.  He also said that he would consider sponsoring legislative remedies in the upcoming legislative session that would include a total removal of the Common Core in Wyoming and mandating standards of higher quality.

He also agreed with the defunding of the Next Generation Science Standards.

He says he supports student data privacy legislation that would have legal teeth to it.

He says that Wyoming’s state-level test, PAWS, should not be changed to a national test like Smarter Balanced or PARCC.

He says he’s against teaching to the test.

He says he agrees that parents have the Constitutional right that allows for their input and grants them as the final decision-maker in the education of their child.

He sounds like he’d be the perfect candidate for Stop Common Core warriors – on paper.

On July 21 he told the Cody Enterprise in an interview:

“Common Core is a tool we have in our educational basket. I support the math and English standards.

“If you understand it’s a tool and not driving curriculum – it’s a good thing.”

But there are aspects of Common Core that concern Northrup specifically personal data collection. He’d like to keep data controlled locally.

“Districts are capable of retaining data and reporting it by the WISER ID number so it remains locally controlled.”

Well then… that doesn’t match-up to the survey he filled out.

He also voted against the introduction of a bill, H.B. 0168, that would have repealed the Common Core State Standards.

Northrup voted in favor of HB 26 which required the director of the Wyoming Department of Education to coordinate state early childhood education programs and accordingly granting authority and imposing responsibilities.  Not exactly the type of bill you would see out of someone who favors local control and parental sovereignty.

When that bill failed, he sponsored an amendment to get some of the language in that bill added to the budget bill.

The early childhood bill could be arguably iffy as far as our issues are concerned, but the vote against the Common Core repeal is unacceptable.  Wyoming Republicans should be angry that he is trying to play both sides of the issue.

His opponent Charles Cloud also returned a survey that showed he is firmly against the Common Core State Standards, aligned assessments, and student data mining.

He also doesn’t have the baggage of a conflicting record.  I think the choice is pretty clear if I were a voter in that district.

The Wyoming Primary will be held on August 19th, but absentee voting starts next week.