Is Common Core Off President Trump’s Education Agenda?

President Donald Trump mentioned education briefly during his first address to Congress and his remarks did not include mention of Common Core or shrinking the federal role in education.

He said:

Education is the civil rights issue of our time. I am calling upon members of both parties to pass an education bill that funds school choice for disadvantaged youth, including millions of African American and Latino children. These families should be free to choose the public, private, charter, magnet, religious, or home school that is right for them.

Joining us tonight in the gallery is a remarkable woman, Denisha Merriweather.  As a young girl, Denisha struggled in school and failed third grade twice.  But then she was able to enroll in a private center for learning — a great learning center — with the help of a tax credit and a scholarship program.

Today, she is the first in her family to graduate, not just from high school, but from college.  Later this year she will get her master’s degree in social work.  We want all children to be able to break the cycle of poverty just like Denisha.

I’m personally not against school choice (I speak for myself here, not TAE). I do believe parents should have greater ability to choose, and not only those who can afford it. That said I like it at the state and local levels, not at the federal level. The thought of a federal voucher program concerns me. The only thing I really want to hear from any President about education is how they are going to shrink the federal role in education. I haven’t heard that yet. The only thing I’ve heard is Education Secretary Betsy DeVos say is that Every Student Succeeds Act did away with “the notion of Common Core.”

No it didn’t.

Then she said the approval of state plans is a “good and appropriate role” for the federal government.

Oi Vey!

This is the OPPOSITE of what I wanted to see out of the Trump administration. If he wants to encourage school choice what he should work to block grant all federal education money to the states to do with how they see fit without strings attached including using it for school choice programs if the states so choose to do that.

One thought on “Is Common Core Off President Trump’s Education Agenda?

  1. I agree with you Shane about school choice. But the individual states must not take a Model Law prepared by the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools and make it their own introduced Bill which, as of this moment, seems to be the direction in which the WV Senate Education Committee is heading with our new School Choice Bill. The initial draft seems to align perfectly with the Model Law. If enacted it will be the charter school organizers and operators dream come true. It gives them everything they could possibly want. The way I see it is that the state law must pay particular attention to how the State Authorizers are set up and be specific about who will be the ultimate decision maker if there is a conflict between local and state authorizers. Funding and facilities is a big deal and the law must not be broadly written leaving room for any doubts on any issue between the state, the local, and the charter initiators and operators. I would advise every state representative familiarize him or her self with the Model Law and compare it with their own existing or potential law.


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