Virginia Gov. McAuliffe Keeps Common Core Door Open

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffeSource: U.S. Dept. of Agriculture (Public Domain)
Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe
Source: U.S. Dept. of Agriculture (Public Domain)

Virginia was one of the few states that never adopted the Common Core State Standards. Last year Virginia’s Senate last session passed a bill that would have prevented the Common Core to be adopted by the State Board of Education. It also passed in the Virginia House and was vetoed by Virginia Governor Terry McCauliffe.

Another effort was made this session that passed through the legislature and was vetoed again by McCauliffe. The Washington Post reported that the bill would have forced that any adoption of the Common Core to be approved by the Legislature.

“Virginia’s institutions and leaders have made it abundantly clear that adopting the Common Core State Standards would be a step backwards,” McAuliffe said in a statement. “While I remain opposed to adopting the Common Core State Standards, I am equally opposed to infringing on the Board’s authority by adopting unnecessary legislation which establishes rules upon which we have already agreed.”

So McAuliffe is against Common Core (which I don’t really believe), but favors no restrictions on an unelected board. I see.

Just a reminder to our readers Virginia’s math standards were found to be in 95% alignment with the Common Core.  I also wrote back in December of 2014:

Virginia in its approved No Child Left Behind flexibility waiver request noted its involvement with the American Diploma Project (the precursor of Common Core).  They also included an alignment study of its standards indicating strong parallels to the Common Core.  McDonnell even held conversations with U.S. Secretary Arne Duncan regarding his state’s standards.

Honestly if he has no plans on adopting Common Core he really shouldn’t have had a beef with the bill. He says he doesn’t want Common Core, has no plans to adopt Common Core, but he would rather the power to make such a decision be in the hands of an unelected board rather than the people’s elected representatives. Virginians should be ask their governor “why?”