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Marco Rubio Opposes Common Core Education Standards

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“The Common Core of Data (CCD) is a program of the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics that annually collects fiscal and non-fiscal data about all public schools, public school districts and state education agencies in the United States. The data are supplied by state education agency officials and include information that describes schools and school districts, including name, address, and phone number; descriptive information about students and staff, including demographics; and fiscal data, including revenues and current expenditures.” U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics

Common Core seems to have flown under the radar of most Americans, and its  federalized ‘balanced playing field’  approach to education reform has received the praise and support of progressive education reformers within both the Republican and Democratic establishments  in Washington, D.C.

The idea of  socialized education,  like socialized medicine (Obamacare), appeals to the masses, but what many of these uninformed taxpayers don’t know about Common Core is that the program is  just another egregious government overreach into their lives, and now the lives of their children. This new ‘innovative’ education reform initiative will bring substantial costs down upon state and local school education budgets when national standards tests are imposed.

Columnist and Fox News Contributor, Michelle Malkin, along with a growing number of concerned Americans, has been railing against these progressive “Snoopercrats” and their initiative’s ‘data-mining’ efforts, that if deployed, will keep tabs of students and their study habits, among other things.

While these Washington,D.C. “Snoopercrats” try to sell their progressive learning program as a state-by-state endeavor, the the ugly truth is that Common Core is a  federally funded program that all but bribes state governments to accept the standards, as they do federal funding.

Malkin writes that Common Core, whose goal is to create a 50-state standardized educational system, received  initial funding from President Obama’s Stimulus(Porkulus) Act of 2009, as well hundreds of millions of dollars from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

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One of these intrusive data-mining tactics Common Core is employing  are the iris scans of students, like the ones conducted as several schools in Polk County, Florida. Yes, iris scans, which Malkin says are “essentially optical fingerprints, which the school intended to collect to create a database of biometric information for school bus security.”

While many top Republicans, including former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, have come out in support of Common Core, Republican U.S. Senator Marco Rubio has once again bucked the establishment by stating  that he is against the Common Core education standards.

I caught up to Senator Rubio in Orlando, where I asked him what his position on the issue was. When asked if he was against the Common  Core education standards, Rubio answered with a definitive ‘Yes’ response.

Rubio says that he is “a supporter of curriculum reform,” but thinks that “curriculum reform should be done at the state level.” The junior Senator reiterated that he believes in “curriculum reform,” but thinks “it is best done at the state level, not at the federal level.”

And I am very concerned, and quite frankly opposed to any effort to try to create some sort of national curriculum standard and then try to leverage the power of the federal government’s funding to force states to adopt a certain curriculum standard. State and local levels are the best places to come up with curriculum reform, and its something the federal government shouldn’t be deeply involved in.-Senator Marco Rubio

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Rubio first sounded off against the federal government’s education grab in early July, when he penned a letter to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, stating the unconstitutionality of the move to create a national education curriculum.

 I am also concerned that the U.S. Department of Education has created, through its contractors, national curriculum materials to support these Common Core standards. Such activities are unacceptable; they violate three existing laws: NCLB, the Department of Education Organization Act, and the General Education Provisions Act.

All three laws prohibit the federal government from creating or prescribing national curriculum.-FL Watchdog.

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Javier Manjarres
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As the managing editor of The Shark Tank, Javier was awarded the 2011 CPAC Blogger of the Year. Countless videos and articles from the Shark Tank have been featured on Fox News, The Hill, Wall Street Journal, and other national news publications. Javier has also appeared on Univision’s “Al Punto” and numerous radio shows, including being the weekly 92.5 Fox News' DayBreak with Drew Steele political contributor, as well as one of NewsmaxTV's conservative commentators. Javier has also authored "BROWN PEOPLE," which is a book about Hispanic Politics. Learn more at

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  1. John Henke July 25, 2013 at 4:55 am

    Do we need any more reasons to close these communist government schools?

    This system was thought up a long time ago by a guy named Professor Trofim Denisovich Lysenko. He was a good buddy of Joseph Stalin, so good he could point the finger at you and have you shot.

    He maintained that all of the people in the world would be the same if their environment was the same. In spite of all of the rhetoric, government schools promote the communist doctrine of “one race, one creed, one color”. What this policy did not promote was education. What it promoted was a dumbed down population with no education in particular. (Sounds like a country I can name that’s a lot closer to home.)

    By the 1930’s this doctrine was abandoned in the Soviet Union for a competitive educational system. Even Stalin with all of his lunacy understood that it was to no advantage to have an uneducated population. But, even Stalin was not committing deliberate treason against his country, he was not trying to destroy Russia like the “government” of this country is trying to destroy America.

    • Sandi Trusso July 25, 2013 at 8:57 am

      Thank God people are beginning to realize what this program is, that it was put in place without our knowing about it, and that we are standing up to oppose it.

      It is my understanding that when Crist accepted the stimulous money, the implementation of this program was part of the bargain.

  2. Sandi Trusso July 25, 2013 at 8:55 am

    Thank you to “Shark Tank”, and to Sen.Rubio, for recognizing what this horrible program is, and for educating the public!

    • rebcsayy July 28, 2013 at 12:18 pm

      Marko Rubio wants to put himself in front of every conservative issue (except stopping amnesty). He cynically wants us to think of him as the great fighter for conservatism, ignoring the fact that he worked mightily to push through legislation that would devastate the whole conservative movement. Marko Rubio lied about the Gang of Eight bill for amnesty, repeatedly misrepresenting its contents and the effects it will have. He has broken his every promise about securing the border and opposing amnesty.

      You lied to us Marko, and now you want us t believe in you because it is politically expedient — at the moment.

      Michelle Bachman has warned us that amnesty for illegal aliens will ultimately result in Democrats/liberals having a monopoly of government power, indefinitely. And if that happens the conservative movement will become impotent, and Marko Rubio worked mightily for a bill that would make that happen.

  3. Lightweight July 25, 2013 at 9:02 am

    Rubio thinks pople are stupid.The education he says he believes in the States having control of was a federal program.Politics are not local,the stronghold is at the top.Marco’s own socialist voting record will settle the trash that spews out of his pie hole if the republican media would do its job of research and report.

    • Javier Manjarres July 25, 2013 at 9:09 am

      What is pople? Rubio’s “socialst voting record?” Really?

    • Les July 26, 2013 at 10:37 am

      Please indicate examples of Republican Media, that has to be the “Pipe Dream” of the century.

  4. Sandi Trusso July 25, 2013 at 9:04 am

    One of the things I’ve noticed is that proponents (and those involved with preparation and completion of these standards) claim that this is not a “federal standards” based program. However, this statement and others that they’ve made, fall dead when we discover that laws which would’ve corrected much of what opponents are claiming, were successfully fought by Common Core proponents.

  5. Tea Party Voter July 25, 2013 at 9:29 am

    Senator Rubio is 100% correct!

    • Just plain ole me July 25, 2013 at 1:31 pm

      yes he is!

  6. Perseids July 25, 2013 at 9:39 am

    When rubio comes out on Senate floor with a serious proposal for the defunding of U.S. Dept. of Education allowing it to wither on the vine and die a well deserved tortured death, then I might be given cause to reevaluate dear marco’s worth.

    Talk, especially when it passes through rubio’s lips, is cheep indeed. He has proven himself to be a liar who will say anything when it suits his current needs. Nuff said.

    ’16 primary must now be on his horizon.

    • MM July 25, 2013 at 12:37 pm

      Talk is indeed cheap.

      In April 2013, Sen. Grassley penned a letter to the appropriation committee to have Common Core defunded. Eight senators co-sponsored the letter. Guess whose name does not appear on it. Yep. Rubio didn’t sign, why?

  7. Independent Party Voter July 25, 2013 at 10:32 am

    @ Perseids, show me one Politician that you agree with 100% of the time? Marco, is our only chance in defeating Hillary, or any other Democrat in 2016! I might not agree with Marco, on everything like Immigration but most of what he believes in I agree with. Rubio is a solid CONSERVATIVE!

  8. Liz July 25, 2013 at 11:11 am

    As my college professor said a long time ago, everyone who went to school will have an opinion about how they are run based on their own experiences with school. As an educator I’m not thrilled with the common core, but the intent to make sure a third grade student from Kentucky is held responsible for mastery of the same level of academics as a student in Arizona is not such a bad idea. The problem is the money attached to implementing the programs and taking away the power of the local schools to decide how to fund their programs. Only allowing certain funds to be spent on specific things is ludicrous when ther are not enough books in good repair for each. Instead I’ve been told to only purchase items for math or science, not reading or arts. Another downside is the focus on standardized test scores versus actual learning. Too much time is spent on teaching them how to respond to the test questions and not enough time is spent on how to think or reason. Hopefully the pendulum will swing the other way again, until then . . .

    • Just plain ole me July 25, 2013 at 1:34 pm

      Please do not forget to mention the collection of biodata and even the FERPA Act has been changed to include the collection of DNA by schools, BULLSHIT.

    • John Henke July 25, 2013 at 8:15 pm

      The pendulum needs to snap off.

      There is no fixing anything off of the communist manifesto and government schools are off of plank number ten. Education is a responsibility not a right, and sure as hell not a function of government in a free society.

  9. MM July 25, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    Rubio is trying everything to get back in the graces of conservatives after he betrayed them with his Gang of Eight immigration bill.

    DON’T BE FOOLED by this latest attempt.

    Back in April 2013, Senator Grassley lead an effort to defund Common Core.Eight senators joined him in signing a letter to the Labor-Health and Human Services-Education Appropriations Subcommittee. Was Rubio one of the eight? Not according to this report

    If Rubio was really against Common Core he would have signed the letter.

    • John Henke July 25, 2013 at 8:17 pm

      Rubio’s credibility is down the drain and he will never get it back.

  10. G Speed July 25, 2013 at 1:21 pm

    I went with a previous REC chair’s letter I received and read the appendix A/B/C. The examples in the appendix say a lot for higher standards. In the B section many of the examples almost give the impression a push for a return to Classical education (English lit.) is in the works.
    However as a Republican and a Libertarian I cannot abide any function the federal gov’t involves itself in out side of constitutional boundaries including the “setting of standards” beyond that of the Bureau of Standards weights and measures.

  11. Rone July 25, 2013 at 1:36 pm

    Marco Rubio says he is against it now. But Rubio is a dishonest politician in it for his own agenda.. Just like he did with Amnesty , he is just as likely to fully support it 6 months from now. Rubio is a liar of the worst kind and has no creditability.

  12. Mrs. Conservative July 25, 2013 at 3:22 pm

    Now that’s the Marco that I love and know! Welcome back…

    • John Henke July 25, 2013 at 8:19 pm

      Give him a hug before he leaves you again.

  13. monique thomas July 25, 2013 at 7:18 pm

    The US DoEd must be done away with entirely. Without a bill proposed, supported and voted on by Rubio–he can pack his bags. He wouldn’t know a US Constitution if it smacked him in the face.

    We need to teach ourselves and our children the Declaration of Independence, the US Constitution and civics or we get more of the same–

    100 years of dumbing down–officially taken on in 1979 with the formation of the US DoEd. With 2 generations through the gubmint education system, you wonder how we got where we are. Outcome based education FAILED in the 90’s. Change the name, call it No Child Left Behind FAILED in the 2000s. Change it up again and call it Race To The TOP-RttT bribery money for deployment of Common Core State Standards. CCSS-EPIC FAIL. CCSS is a public/private partnership. It is using our tax payer money to let the corporatist likes of Bill Gates and Pearson benefit while our children, our teachers and ultimately our nation fails. For those that enter into or promote public/private partnerships a la Mussolini lead treacherously. Continuing to fund the USDoEd is aiding and abetting its unconstitutional existence. The fascists, elected of appointed must resign immediately. If they won’t resign they must be removed from office. This goes right down to our Governor, State legislators, the FLDoEd and the County school board members and superintendents, as well.
    Call for your congressman–senators and house to propose, support and vote on a bill for an immediate end of the USDoEd.

    • MacontheRock July 26, 2013 at 11:58 pm

      We can continue to entertain ourselves with the same rhetoric. If Reagan could not get rid of the Department of Education it is likely not to happen until Chinese and Indians take up 100% of scholarships in American Universities. Both these countries graduate 1,000,000 M engineers a year. China’s last two premiers have been engineers. We had two attorneys running for president in 2012. No wonder we are obsessed with regulation while Chinese are obsessed with manufacturing things mostly with innovation bred in the United States. There is a disconnect between primary & High school and our Universities.

      I have plan as the first PTA President to force to resign in Florida for exercising my right to call the vote to convert a district school to a governing school. Teachers voted 0-84 against the proposal. The law passed in 2004 as Parent Empowerment Law. when it is Teacher Empowerment Law. It needs to be amended to take away the veto power of teachers vote by voting by quorum. We need the support next Florida legislative session log on for a play by play

  14. Conservative Hispanic July 26, 2013 at 10:44 am

    Viva Marco! This is a good start in the right direction. I hope you run in 2016. We must Defeat Hillary, you are the only Republican that can beat her!

  15. Gerry July 26, 2013 at 12:53 pm

    The first quote is from the Common Core of Data (CCD)which has nothing to do with the Common Core, which are standards for student achievement.

    That second Common Core is not a curriculum; it was actually developed in collaboration by almost half the states. As an earlier comment says, in our highly mobile society where movement from community to community and state to state, often just following the job market, is common, children of parents who move are penalized if they transition to another school that is a a totaslly different level. Moreover, the essence of what students should know and be able to do isn’t very different between North Carolina and Florida.

    States have a choice of whether they want to adopt the Common Core, and are free to add and customize the expectations (standards). The currculum, i.e. just how teachers will get students to meet those expectations, are up to the state and most often the individual district and even school.

    You can argue about the quality of the Common Core and its details, but the general idea of a student in Michigan whose parents are moving to Florida being able to take up his studies in Florida where he left them off in Michigan has a lot of merit.

    • Javier Manjarres July 26, 2013 at 1:12 pm

      Ummm, Common Core Date would not exist if not for Common Core Standards.

  16. Miguel July 27, 2013 at 8:48 am

    I’m glad to see Marco, is back! I don’t want to see Mr. ANT ISRAEL Rand Paul, win a Republican Primary. Rand Paul, would get creamed in a General Election against Hillary, in 2016! Marco, is our only hope!

    • rebcsayy July 28, 2013 at 1:02 pm

      “Marko is our only hope!” Are you joking? Some conservatives refuse to acknowledge that he is a deceitful manipulator. But those who he lied to and betrayed on the issue of amnesty would be fools to forget about it. If conservatives can not unite and end the political career of a politician who betrayed the trust of a large portion of the conservative community, what do you think other cynical politicians will think? They will conclude that they need not worry about angering conservatives and they seek to appease those who have proven their power — the liberal/Marxists.

      • rebcsayy July 28, 2013 at 1:23 pm

        I did not complete my last post which is this: Rubio can not win after alienating a huge number of conservatives who probably will just stay home. The best thing would be for Mr. (super ambitious) Rubio just shut up and go away.

        There are many conservatives, Ted Cruz, Jeff Sessions who have been honest and consistently supported the issues important to all real conservatives, and, of curse, they can win with a united conservative movement behind them.

  17. sleepergirl July 29, 2013 at 12:28 pm

    I wish the author would have gone deeper into what the data mining entails. It is an intrusive database from K-college. And don’t think this data will ever be purged. This is a gold mine for the Progressives to know everything about “new” voting stock and it’s pernicious.

  18. Jack Buckley July 29, 2013 at 5:15 pm

    Mr. Manjarres,

    I am the Commissioner of the National Center for Education Statistics, part of the U.S. Department of Education and the statistical agency that collects the Common Core of Data that you reference at the beginning of your article.

    The Common Core of Data (CCD) is a collection of basic information about K-12 schools across the United States and it represents the latest iteration of an activity dating back to 1867. It has *nothing whatsoever* to do with the Common Core State Standards, which are a state-led initiative to introduce a common set of learning objectives for mathematics and English language arts. Also, there are no student-level data included in CCD.

    More information about CCD is available at

    Jack Buckley

    • Javier Manjarres July 30, 2013 at 3:27 am

      Thanks for reaching out. Again, from Common Core Standards comes Common Core Data. This is not state-let, this is federal government.

  19. Hamitlon July 31, 2013 at 8:33 pm

    I have learned that you cannot trust him. He has lied about securing the border first. He voted for the NDAA which gave for the first time the military the ability to arrest and secretly detain an American citizen without attorney or family notied. He has been corrupted.

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