Betsy DeVos, No ESSA Did Not End Common Core

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.

Truth in American Education shared early our concerns with ESSA.

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.

8 thoughts on “Betsy DeVos, No ESSA Did Not End Common Core

  1. This woman is smarter than anyone wants to think. Everyone makes her out to be this “ditzy blonde” when in fact, she is a shark. She is dangerous. She will do and say what she wants to get what she wants. Master manipulator is what she is. If she has her way, our children will all be saying “amen” before they are allowed to eat lunch in their religious school.

    1. No one has ever said DeVos is stupid. We know she is not stupid. We know she is very cunning, resourceful and dangerous. What we have said about her is she is not qualified to be the Secretary of Education. That doesn’t mean she is stupid. She was surely smart enough to spend her money in all the right places to secure this job. All I can say is any parent that continues to send their children into the belly of the beast is part of the overall problem and one day will have to look themselves in the mirror and see what damaged they cause not only to their own children but to all children and to our country. The end result and the real agenda is to change our culture using our children to do it and to destroy our country using education as the weapon. WAKE UP. Shut off the cable, cancel the cell phones, sell one of the cars, down size your home, stop eating out, no more vacations. Do whatever you need to do to get your kids OUT of the system and truly educate your children at home to be smart, educated civic warriors for the future of our country. THAT is what education has always been about; maintaining the culture.

  2. Sadly, Betsy DeVos is a Social Justice Christian, so she actually will support global socialist education and the tyranny of Common Core. Common Core measures everyone’s acceptance of an un-Christian world view where goods are redistributed (Socialism) for the common good. She went to Rob Bell’s church, Mars Hill and gave 6 million dollars. Franklin Graham calls Rob Bell a false prophet. Bell does not believe God would allow anyone to go to hell because God is too loving. Actually, God gave everyone a “Get out of hell, ticket” when he died for everyone in the world. But many will not use it. Social Justice Christians believe in THEIR definition of love, over the true love of God which gave us eternal life and successful principles for this life. At her first speech as Secretary of Education, she quoted the verse in Micah of what God requires. Social Justice Christians always change, “love mercy”, to “kindness” because they want everyone to be loving and kind and share with others in the world rather than showing “mercy” to those who do not deserve it, the mercy we have been given. They believe in big government who will take our wealth. Social Justice or Socialists want Government to distribute or share everyone’s wealth and resources. In contrast, true Christians want a limited government which allows and encourages everyone to trust God for their “daily bread”, and resources.

  3. DeVos and Trump are not based in reality. They have no clue and they want to remain clueless. As long as they make their buddies lots of money running after schemes at our children’s expense they will continue. As long as WE keep sending our children into the belly of the beast it will NEVER end.

  4. Are you for or against Common Core?
    The Muslim Brotherhood and Common Core are linked!
    On January 9, 2017 Sen. Cruz (R-Texas) filed (S. 68) and Rep. Diaz-Balart (R-Florida) filed (H.R.377) both bills titled ‘‘Muslim Brotherhood Terrorist Designation Act of 2017’’. These bills will require the Secretary of State to submit a report to Congress on the designation of the Muslim Brotherhood as a foreign terrorist organization, and for other purposes.

    If you are for or against Common Core then you had better start learning how the Muslim Brotherhood is infiltrating our education system!

    Start by reading “MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD GROUP TO CONNECT ALL U.S. SCHOOLS’ – Partners with State, Education departments on international initiative” Published: 01/23/2013, Aaron Klein.
    “JERUSALEM – A Muslim Brotherhood-linked organization has partnered with the U.S. Department of Education and the State Department to facilitate an online program aiming to connect all U.S. schools with classrooms abroad by 2016.
    Vartan Gregorian, a board member of the organization, the Qatar Foundation International, was appointed in 2009 to President Obama’s White House Fellowships Commission.

    WND previously exposed that Gregorian served as a point man in granting $49.2 million in startup capital to an education-reform project founded by former Weather Underground terrorist William Ayers and chaired by Obama.
    Documentation shows Gregorian was central in Ayers’ recruitment of Obama to serve as the first chairman of the project, the Chicago Annenberg Challenge – a job in which Obama worked closely on a regular basis with Ayers.
    Obama also later said his job at the project qualified him to run for public office, as WND previously reported.

    Connecting schools to fulfill Obama pledge

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