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  • Why Conservatives Should Support Common Core Standards

    By: Chester E. Finn Jr. and Michael J. Petrilli, New Hampshire Union Leader
    For some time now, outside groups have been vigorously spreading misinformation about the Common Core state standards, which offer a clear and consistent description of what students should know and the skills they must acquire at each K–12 grade level to stay on course toward college or the workforce. The effort by critics has been relentless, and New Hampshire has not been immune to the falsehoods.

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  • Students need challenge of Common Core standards

    By: Gov. Jeb Bush, The Columbus Dispatch
    Despite bold reforms and critical progress made by governors such as Ohio’s John Kasich, America’s education system remains in a state of crisis. That is the staggering, painful reality, backed by statistic after statistic, that should concern every single individual concerned about the future of our country’s economy and national security and the quality of life our children and grandchildren will enjoy.

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  • Michael Gerson: GOP Fear of Common Core Education Standards Unfounded

    By Michael Gerson, Washington Post
    Modern conservatism comes in two distinct architectural styles. The first seeks to build from scratch, using accurate ideological levels and plumb lines, so every wall is straight and every corner squared. The goal of politics is to apply abstract principles in their purest form. But there is another type of conservatism, often practiced at the state level, which attempts to build out of flawed, existing materials, resulting in some odd angles and incongruous additions. These conservative reformers assemble unexpected alliances, accept reasonable compromises and welcome incremental progress.

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  • The EdFly: Too Few Good Men (and Women)

    The data is sobering: 30% of high school graduates fail the Armed Forces Qualification test. Why? Because they cannot pass the reading and math portions.

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  • The GOP and the Common Core

    By: Chester E. Finn Jr., Hoover Institution
    Though few Americans have ever heard of the “Common Core,” it’s causing a ruckus in education circles and turmoil in the Republican Party.

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