Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos said that Congress ended Common Core when they passed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).
Seriously, she said this.
DeVos told Frank Beckmann on Detroit’s WJR News Talk 760 AM Wednesday that ESSA “essentially does away with the notion of a Common Core.” She also said that ESSA “encourages states to set forth their own levels of achievement expectation.”
Here’s the kicker… she said the approval of state plans is a “good and important role for the federal government.”
Somebody tell me where that is at in the Constitution? DeVos is in error, and if President Trump is serious about dealing with Common Core he will set her straight. This is a complete 180 from the agenda he set forth and what she said she planned to do.
At a post-election Trump rally last December DeVos said her agenda included, “finally putting an end to the federalized Common Core.”
What happened? Did U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) whisper sweet lies in her ear? Perhaps it is the craptastic staff that has been assembled under her.
Did simply lie herself? Either she lied or she is being lied to…. Neither are stupid, but to say ESSA deals with Common Core is stupid.
As a requirement of the ESSA, states must “demonstrate” to the Secretary that they have adopted standards that are aligned to the same definition of “college and career” standards used to force states into adopting Common Core under NCLB waivers.
Also, “The state accountability system must be structured as per the federal bill.”
Then, we noted, “Bill language appears to require standards that align with career and technical education standards, indicating that the standards must align to the federally approved Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.”
Arnie Duncan told Politico Pro as the outgoing Secretary of Education under President Obama that ESSA accomplished the “core” of what they were trying to do.
I’m stunned. at how much better it ended up than either [House or Senate] bill going into conference. I had a Democratic congressman say to me that it’s a miracle — he’s literally never seen anything like it…
…if you look at the substance of what is there . . . embedded in (ESSA) are the values that we’ve promoted and proposed forever. The core of our agenda from Day One, that’s all in there – early childhood, high standards [i.e.,Common Core], not turning a blind eye when things are bad. For the first time in our nation’s history, that’s the letter of the law.
Peter Cunningham, the former assistant secretary for communications at the U.S. Department of Education, served under outgoing U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan says to say ESSA gets rid of Common Core is nonsensical.
He wrote in an op/ed he wrote shortly after the bill was passed:
(Alexander) begins an op-ed in the Tennessean with the outlandish claim that he ran for reelection last year on a promise to “repeal the federal Common Core mandate and reverse the trend toward a national school board.”
Sorry, Senator, but there never was a Common Core mandate so your new law can’t repeal what didn’t exist.
There was an incentive to adopt “college- and career-ready” standards in the Obama administration’s Race to the Top grant program and some conservative pundits and politicians viewed this incentive as “coercive.” But it wasn’t a mandate. It was voluntary and 46 states and D.C. leaped at the opportunity to compete for those dollars by adopting higher standards.
Ironically, the new law that the senator from Tennessee is so proud of, the Every Student Succeeds Act, now mandates the very thing he rails against. Under the new law, every state must adopt “college- and career-ready” standards. Thus, the new law all but guarantees that Common Core State Standards—or a reasonable imitation under a different name—will likely remain in place in most states.
So Congress did not get rid of the notion of Common Core, they codified it and pat themselves on the back while doing it. I would also suggest that Secretary DeVos brush off a Constitution and read Article I, Section 8. Education is not an enumerated power of Congress. You can’t really consider it to be covered under the general welfare clause when you consider the founders recognized, at the time, education as a local matter.
If she continues to toe this line she is either being naive at which case she is unqualified or she is a liar which would disqualify her in my opinion.