The AP reported that South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley favors the bill introduced by S.C. State Senator Mike Fair (R-Greenville) that would block the Common Core State Standards from being implemented in South Carolina. They are currently slated to go into affect in 2014.
The AP quotes Governor Haley in a letter to State Senator Fair, “Just as we should not relinquish control of education to the federal government, neither should we cede it to the consensus of other states.”
As you likely know one of the arguments that I have heard from my own state’s Education Department director is that the Feds didn’t develop the standards, but rather they were developed in collaboration with Bill Gates & company and the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers.
According to Haley, and I agree, it doesn’t matter. It’s getting imposed on the outside (the Feds did get involved with the Race to the Trough money).
Then there is the impact on parents (and teachers as well). Jane Robbins of American Principles Project pointed that out in AP’s article, “If teachers don’t like it or parents don’t like it, there’s no one to call.”
I can guarantee that messages left with the Department of Education will go unanswered.
Update: Here’s a copy of the letter that Governor Haley sent to State Senator Fair: