Alaska Republican Party Adds Common Core Opposition to Platform

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This weekend in Fairbanks, AK the Alaska Republican Party made some significant changes to their platform in regards to education at their state convention.

Barbara Haney, an education activist in Alaska, emailed us this weekend to share the news.

There were some key changes to the Alaska Republican Party education platform this weekend. Words added:

“We support opposition to common core”

We support the abolishment of the US Department of Education”

In addition, accountability is now local in the platform, not statewide. The additions passed with 97% support of all voting delegates on the floor of the convention as a whole despite a contentious fight to oppose the changes by the education platform committee. The changes were lead by members of the Alaskans Against Common Core who were on the GOP education committee, and prevailed despite efforts by party leadership to stack the committee with supporters of the common core based Alaska standards. 

This is significant as the Alaska Department of Education and Early Childhood Development under their former Republican Governor, Sean Parnell, essentially plagiarized Common Core in Alaska’s “new” education standards. Adopting this language is definitely a pushback against the establishment of the Alaska Republican Party.