Mitt Romney Takes Stand Against Common Core at Education Nation Summit



Republican Presidential Candidate, Mitt Romney, gave remarks and took questions at the Education Nation Summit in New York City today.  During his speech he criticized the Obama Administration’s role in pushing the Common Core State Standards on to the states through incentives like Race to the Top and No Child Left Behind Waivers.  He said he opposes national curriculums and believes states and communities should decide.

“I don’t subscribe to the idea of the federal government trying to push the Common Core onto various states, Romney said.  “To financially reward states based on accepting the federal government’s  idea of a curriculum is a mistake.”  Romney said this was so because “there may be a time when the federal government has an agenda it wants to promote.”

“I’m not looking for more federal spending,” Romney said. “It is the nature of politics for someone in my position to offer more free stuff – I really care about education. I care about our kids so much that I don’t want to saddle them with trillions in new debt when they come out of school.”

Romney also said that states who have chosen to adopt the Common Core States Standards would be on their own to implement it.  “If you have chosen it, congratulations.  Work on it and do it within the resources of your own state.”

American Principles in Action (APIA), a leading opponent of the Common Core State Standards, praised Romney’s stated opposition.

“We applaud Governor Romney’s bold support for states and local communities to decide what’s best for their children, restoring power over education from the hands of the federal government to where it belongs,” said APIA’s Emmett McGroarty, the . “He is right to warn that the national authorities may have an agenda and should be prevented from pushing it on the states. Unfortunately, just as with Medicare reform, the federal government has resorted to coercing now more than 40 states into adopting the Common Core.”

“Congress intended the 2009 Stimulus Bill as a life-line for the states, but President Obama turned it into a weapon through his Race to the Top program. In order to compete for Race to the Top money, states had to quickly sign onto the Common Core and related assessments without having a chance to meaningfully review the Standards and before the assessments were even developed,” McGroarty noted. “States competed in Race to the Top by demonstrating their commitment to President Obama’s education policy, in effect surrendering to an education monopoly. Their citizens were cut out of the process.  President Obama has continued to coerce the states by requiring them to sign onto his education policies in order to get relief from No Child Left Behind.  We urge both candidates to commit themselves to ending the federal government’s political coercion of the states and their citizens, and to ending the Race to the Top program.”

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Comments

  1. says

    Governor Romney, you are quoted as one who “opposes
    national curriculums and believes states and communities should decide.” Governor Romney, The Common Core State
    Standards Initiative is a U.S. education initiative that seeks to bring
    diverse state curricula into alignment with each other by following the
    principles of standards-based education reform.
    The initiative is sponsored by the National Governors Association (NGA)
    and the Council of Chief State School
    Officers (CCSSO). How is the National Governors Association suggest
    the Common Core is not a states driven decision?

  2. Lee Watkins IV says

    This is why I had to do kindergarten twice. I moved from TX to MD, and there was no common core standards. MD had higher standards than TX (surprise, surprise). . Imagine if I was older! It makes it a huge problem to move between states if you have kids.

  3. Guest says

    Education is a local / state function involving parents with the right to direct the care, upbringing, and education of their children. The Federal Dept of Education is fostering the development of a nationalized curriculum – furthest from the influence of the family. Federal law prohibits the US DoE from “Exercise[ing] any direction, superfision, or control over the curriculum, program of instruction” or selection of “instruction[al] materials.” The US DoE circumvented these pohibitions by making Race to the Top funding and No Child Left Behind waivers contingent on state’s adoption of CCSS and the aligned assessments. CCSS reductions in Algebra 2 and Geometry content fail to mee the content targets recommeded by the National Mathematics Advisory Panel (the standards of leading states and our international competitors). CCSS math standards do not teach least common denominators; delay fluency in division; eliminate conversion between fractions, decimals, and percents; and adopts a new definition of algebra as “functional algebra” that de-emphasizes algebraid manipulation. Literature curriculum in English Language Arts will be substantially reduced and replaced with informational texts in a variety of subject areas. Lower our expectations for educational standards increases the widening gap for college readiness. Who believes your mother can’t make a decision that is in your best interest better than a beaurocrat being lobbied by special or foreign interests? It won’t matter which state you live in.

  4. says

    Education is a local / state function involving parents with the right to direct the care, upbringing, and education of their children. The Federal Dept of Education is fostering the development of a nationalized curriculum – furthest from the influence of the family. Federal law prohibits the US DoE from “Exercise[ing] any direction, supervision, or control over the curriculum, program of instruction” or selection of “instruction[al] materials.” The US DoE circumvented these prohibitions by making Race to the Top funding and No Child Left Behind waivers contingent on state’s adoption of CCSS and the aligned assessments. CCSS reductions in Algebra 2 and Geometry content fail to meet the content targets recommended by the National Mathematics Advisory Panel (the standards of leading states and our international competitors). CCSS math standards do not teach least common denominators; delay fluency in division; eliminate conversion between fractions, decimals, and percents; and adopts a new definition of algebra as “functional algebra” that de-emphasizes algebraic manipulation. Literature curriculum in English Language Arts will be substantially reduced and replaced with informational texts in a variety of subject areas. Lowering our expectations for educational standards increases the widening gap for college readiness. Who believes your mother can’t make a decision that is in your best interest? You honestly think a bureaucrat being lobbied by special and foreign interests can? It won’t matter which state you live in.