Misinformation about higher standards is harming essential education reforms. Get the facts about Common Core and why high standards are critical for our children.
Fighting Federal Overreach
The movement to raise standards is state-driven – it’s not a federal initiative. Help protect states’ right to decide how kids are taught.
Strong Military Support
Military leaders are supporting Common Core State Standards because critical thinking and complex problem solving are essential skills for today’s, and tomorrow’s, military.
Tools for Parents
From learning what to expect in your child’s classroom to understanding why high standards are important, here is the important information parents need now.
- Regardless of demographic, there is overwhelming support for Common Core from TN Voters in @score4schools poll http://ow.ly/lSpve #ccss@BFrist
- Article written by a members of #Reagan and #GWBush admins Common Core: Conservative to the Core bit.ly/10HRd9e #sayfie #FLSenateGOP@SenatorJohnLegg
- Defends states' rights on #commoncore education standards: http://1.usa.gov/11Fzygr #ccss@SenAlexander
- Proud to see Florida taking the initiative & leading the nation in implementing Common Core teacher training http://ow.ly/cJ2tp.@JebBush
- GOP fear of Common Core education standards unfounded http://wapo.st/117BD01@MJGerson
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What Conservatives Are Really Saying
- “If we’re going to be the best country, and not just talk about it, we need to actually do the work to make it happen. Higher standards is a key element of that, and these standards, the Common Core State Standards, are clear and straightforward, they will allow for more innovation in the classroom, less regulation, they’ll equip students to compete against their peers across the globe.”- Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush
- “Like many of you, I’ve heard the argument these standards ‘threaten local control’ of what’s being taught in Oklahoma classrooms. Speaking from one conservative to another, let me assure you this simply is not true. States and local school districts will determine how they want to teach kids, what curriculum to use, and which textbooks to use.”- Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee
- “The federal government did not mandate it, they did not control it, they did not dictate its content. I think there is also a misunderstanding between the Common Core standards, which simply says these are the things that a student needs to know or be able to do at certain grade levels in their school progress, as opposed to a Common Core curriculum, whereby you dictate what is taught.”- Georgia Governor Nathan Deal
- “The CCSS do not indoctrinate children. They do not establish a national curriculum, and they do not threaten student privacy in any way. The CCSS do not require that teachers use any specific materials, books, or even teaching methods. In short, the CCSS are not part of a vast left-wing conspiracy to curtail parental rights and brainwash our children.”- Carlos Curbelo, Republican Miami-Dade School Board Member
- “Helping prepare our children to succeed in an increasingly fierce global marketplace is a goal we should all embrace. As America’s business leaders, we stand united in our support for the successful implementation of the Common Core State Standards, and we urge the Republican Party to join us.”- Former Michigan Governor John Engler
- “We must make sure Iowa students can compete with young people in countries with the highest-performing schools… The future well-being of our great state depends on Iowans’ willingness to dramatically improve our schools. The State Board of Education’s decision to add the new, voluntary Common Core State Standards in math and literacy strengthens the Iowa Core.”- Iowa Governor Terry Branstad
- “Now more than ever, we must focus intently on competing for private sector jobs, preparing our students to graduate from high school and join the workforce or succeed in college, and ensuring that our kids can read so that they can succeed in life."- New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez
- “While a lot of hard work remains at the state level, this voluntary effort led by 48 states and the District of Columbia to provide high quality, common academic standards is a great step forward.”- Arthur J. Rothkopf, senior vice president and counselor to the president of the National Chamber of Commerce