|Common Core supporters have struggled to counter the critics. |
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Below are excerpts from the article at Politico.com: "For right, Common Core fight prelude to bigger agenda," by Stephanie Simon, posted on 1/7/14:
National advocacy groups powered by the Koch brothers and other conservative megadonors have found a new cause ripe with political promise: the fight to bring down the Common Core academic standards.The article continues below by describing their agenda, spelled out in detail. I reformatted this paragraph and added bold to emphasize the points in the agenda:
A draft action plan by the advocacy group FreedomWorks lays out the effort as a series of stepping stones:
- First, mobilize to strike down the Common Core.
- Then push to expand school choice by offering parents tax credits or
- vouchers to help pay tuition at private and religious schools.
- Next, rally the troops to abolish the U.S. Department of Education.
- Then it’s on to eliminating teacher tenure.
“This is going to be a huge campaign,” said Whitney Neal, the group’s director of grass-roots activism. She plans to kick it off within weeks with a series of videos that will “connect the dots” between killing Common Core and enacting other conservative priorities.
The campaign will build to a march on Washington this summer, perhaps in partnership with radio host Glenn Beck. “This is definitely an institutional priority for us in 2014,” she said. “We’re putting a lot of time and resources into it.”Resume the Reece Committee Investigation of the Tax Exempt Foundations! Bring back a Norman Dodd to lead the American people in this battle.