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Jerry P. Becker

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GOP Senators: No More Money for Common Core
Posted: Apr 9, 2014 6:28 PM
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From Education Week [American Educations's Newspaper of Record],
Monday, April 7, 2014. See
http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/campaign-k-12/2014/04/gop_senators_no_more_money_for.html?cmp=ENL-EU-NEWS2
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GOP Senators: No More Money for Common Core

By Alyson Klein

Ten Republican senators don't want to see another dime of federal
money going to states in exchange for adopting certain academic
standards. That includes the Common Core State Standards, now
embraced by 45 states and the District of Columbia. The senators also
don't want any more federal funding going to develop assessments that
go along with the common core, or any other set of standards.

And they've said so, in a letter sent April 4 to U.S. Sen. Tom
Harkin, D-Iowa, the chairman of the panel that oversees K-12
spending, and Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., the top Republican on the
subcommittee. [ See
http://www.roberts.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?p=PressReleases&ContentRecord_id=c2a4d177-9f96-41a5-9b7d-0496d6589b08
]The letter suggests adding language to the bill financing the U.S.
Department of Education that essentially would bar the education
secretary from using any federal funds to bolster a particular set of
standards or tests.

The letter was signed by Sens. Pat Roberts of Kansas, Chuck Grassley
of Iowa, Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma, Tom Coburn of Oklahoma, Mike Lee of
Utah, Rand Paul of Kentucky, Ted Cruz of Texas, Thad Cochran of
Mississippi, Mike Enzi of Wyoming, and John Barrasso of Wyoming.

Sound familiar? Grassley wrote a similar letter last year. [See
http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/campaign-k-12/2013/04/gop_senator_no_more_federal_mo.html
] And there has been a spate of Republican bills in Congress that
take aim at common core. [See
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2014/02/26/22backlash_ep.h33.html ]

Some background: U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan gave states
that jumped on board the common-core train a leg up in the first
round of the Race to the Top grant competition, and directed $360
million in Race to the Top money to two consortia to develop tests
aligned with those standards. Those moves attracted a little
grumbling from GOP lawmakers at the time, but have become way more
controversial as states actually begin to implement the common core.

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