The Common Core education standards that many states have adopted have sparked a huge nationwide outcry from conservative grassroots activists and legislators, who see these federal government education standards as being nothing more than “Socialized Education.”
In Florida, a state that is considered by many as being “Ground Zero” in the battle against Common Core, state leaders are somewhat split on whether to fully support the standards or not.
Representative Debbie Mayfield (R) has even filed a bill that would scrap the newly adopted Common Core standards from being implemented in the state.
But what else can be done to stop Common Core?
The controversial education standards are still being implemented, and funding is being provided through state budgets.
Congressional candidate Jorge Bonilla, who is running for Congress against Representative Alan Grayson, is calling for a full nationwide defunding of the Common Core standards.
My position on Common Core has been crystal clear from the beginning: that education oversight is the sole province of parents and local school boards, and that our children deserve an education instead of indoctrination.
As a father of two small boys, I am deeply concerned about the kind of education that may be available to them, and this concern is central to my opposition to Common Core.
Concern over our children’s education is a bipartisan issue. Common Core is opposed on both sides of the aisle, by conservative red-state Members of Congress, as well as by teacher union rank-and-file in deep-blue states.
Curriculum concerns run the gamut; from testing requirements to word-intensive math problems that automatically disadvantage children with parents that have limited English proficiency.
Furthermore, there are serious questions surrounding the legality of the program. Supporters claim that Common Core is a voluntary state program, but in fact, receipt of education-related funding upon acceptance of the standards gives off the appearance of government coercion.From last year’s defund debates we learned that the best way to stop implementation of a cumbersome, top-down federal program is simply to strip it of its funding before it can be fully implemented.
Therefore, I respectfully call on Congress to act on the recommendations laid out in Senator Chuck Grassley’s (R-IA) “Dear Member” letter. It is time to defund Common Core.-Jorge Bonilla
Is this the way conservatives will be able to defeat Common Core, by charging forward with a “Defund Obama care” style campaign?