Is Congress as stupid as Arne Duncan would like for them to be? Team Obama has been pumping Common Core since Bill Gates became the real Secretary of Education in 2009. Every state hoping for a chance at an RttT handout signed on to Common Core as a prerequisite for any chance to win. Does Duncan really believe that his lies will save the doomed corporate testing delivery system that his team promotes?
A clip from Ed Week:
. . . ."I'm just a big proponent of high standards. Whether they're common or not is secondary," he told members of the House appropriations subcommittee that works on health, education, and other related issues.
Duncan also maintained that there are "zero" federal grants tied to the common core, after being pressed by members, including Rep. Martha Roby, R-Ala., who has filed legislation to prohibit the federal government from trying to encourage states via grants or waivers to adopt certain standards.
…. The administration's original $4 billion Race to the Top program awarded 40 points to states for developing and adopting common standards. All 12 of those winners have adopted the standards, and have not backed off. What's more, a separate, $360 million Race to the Top contest to fund common tests was based on the premise that states needed help developing such assessments based on the common standards.