ANDERSON: Beware the political games of #CommonCore


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BY: Rita Anderson

Education in Mississippi does not suffer from lack of funding. It suffers from mishandling by bureaucrats, politicians and some powerful lobbies as a political football in their games. This election year’s game plan is called Repeal Common Core.

Tate Reeves did not need Oklahoma’s experience to prove that the Common Core agenda is rampant with federal overreach. In March 2014, State Senator Angela Hill, herself a teacher, presented documented proof of such on the Senate floor, which Reeves ignored then and now.

House Education Chairman Rep. John Moore’s defense has always been about the money warning that education consultants are pricey. Don’t we know it?!

For the record, California’s math standards and Massachusetts’ English Language Arts standards were already superior to those outlined in the Common Core (see the Fordham Institute’s study, which has not been refuted). Those standards are readily available at no cost for any state wishing to adopt them. That would be a wise and efficient move.

There is a massive conservative voter base that has long been calling for our legislature to get rid of Common Core. While the motives and tactics of some may taint the game, our only concern is that children and teachers in our classrooms come out the winners this time.

You can be sure that we are all watching from the sidelines, ready to substitute players who will play for that outcome.

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