August 19, 2017

Ted Cruz: ‘We Should Repeal Every Word of Common Core’

Ted Cruz: ‘We Should Repeal Every Word of Common Core’Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) 97% spoke out against Common Core during a speech to a Florida conservative organization. “We should repeal every word of Common Core,” he said. “We should get the federal government out of the business of curriculum.” This was not the first time Cruz said “no” to Common Core, but it was a great opportunity for the presidential hopeful to express his steadfast opposition to the progressive education reform movement standards. Cruz’ remarks came one day after his potential GOP presidential rival, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, endorsed Common Core.

Cruz described Common Core as “national standards being dictated from Washington” during an appearance at the influential anti-tax Club for Growth’s annual winter meeting in Palm Beach, Florida, on Friday, February 27, ABC News reported.

“There is no remedy when they are dictating what’s being taught to your kids,” said the Senator. His comments stood in stark contrast to those from Bush, who told the same group that the education goals would help more students be prepared for college or better jobs, also according to ABC News.

Breitbart News reported that at the annual suburban Washington, DC-held Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), Bush stood by his support for Common Core. He claimed that the standards were not a federal government takeover of education.

Cruz, on the other hand, has been consistently and emphatically opposed to the Common Core. He is also the lead cosponsor of the Enhancing Educational Opportunities for All Act, a measure introduced by

Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) 100% that hopes to expand school choice, Breitbart News reported.

On February 21, Cruz appeared on Shark Tank where he spoke out against Big Education. He said “It is wrong and we need to stand up against Common Core and stop it.”

The popular conservative US senator from Texas emphasized that “education is far too important for it to be controlled by unelected bureaucrats in Washington,” while pointing to his own young daughters Caroline, 6, and Catherine, 4. The Senator said he understood how other parents felt about their children’s schooling, commenting that education “needs to be at the state level or the local level where we as parents have direct control over the standards, over the mores, over the curriculum that is being taught to our kids.”

He added, “Common Core is being used by the federal government as a mechanism to force a uniform curriculum, to put federal bureaucrats in charge of what is taught to our kids.”

Cruz believed that the only way to stop Common Core, or even change the direction of the United States from the lawless path it is currently on under the Obama administration, may rest with the grassroots. He reiterated a comment he has said before, “If we look to Washington for the solution, these problems will not be solved.” Soberingly, he stated, “Washington is fundamentally broken.”

Cruz pointed out that part of the reason why the Stop Common Core movement has gained so much momentum is because “a whole bunch of Republicans joined with a whole bunch of Democrats (who) agree that the federal government shouldn’t stick its nose in the middle of education.”

The Senator added that the biggest divide in America today isn’t between Americans in the two political parties. But rather, he said it is between career politicians in both parties and the American people. He suggested that the only way to reverse Common Core is for grassroots movements all over this country to rise up and say ‘enough is enough.” He said constituents should be holding their elected officials accountable — Republican and Democrat.

During the Shark Tank interview, Cruz drew parallels between presidents Carter and Obama, alluding to another time in history when a grassroots movement arose out of frustration with leadership and the direction of the nation. He was referring to the Reagan Revolution.

The controversial Common Core standards are often positioned by supporters as voluntary and state led. The federal government’s role; however, has been central to the implementation of standards that have been nicknamed “Obamacare for Education,” which Breitbart California reported.

Last year, Cruz expressed his opposition to the federal education standards following an event for the Network of Iowa Christian Home Educators, Breitbart News reported. At that time, he called school choice the “civil rights issue of the 21st Century.”

Source: Breitbart

RELATED:

The Pulse 2016 Common Core Report Card

American Principles in Action, New Hampshire’s Cornerstone Action, and ePulse2016.com
released a report card in August on how GOP presidential candidates are doing in responding to
the concerns of Common Core parents and the experts who have validated their concerns. We
carefully evaluated the candidates on three separate—but related—issues:

1.) Have they spoken out and acted against Common Core?
2.) Do they understand and have they made a specic commitment to protect state and local control of education from further federal intrusion?
3.) What eorts has the candidate made to protect student and family privacy interests against the rising demands of industry and central planners for more personal student data?

The grades were as follows:

Ted Cruz: A-

“Cruz has consistently called for the “repeal” of the Common Core
Standards and for the return of educational control to the state and
to the local level.”

Rand Paul: A-

“Paul has paid more attention to the Common Core issue than most
other candidates and has spoken forcefully against it.”

Bobby Jindal: B+

“Jindal also has been very strong… He has issued executive orders,
fought in lawsuits, and this year severely restricted the state
Department of Education…”

Lindsey Graham: B

“Sen. Graham actively opposed the Common Core last year in the
Senate.”

Rick Perry: B

“Gov. Rick Perry is one of the few candidates, declared or
prospective, who has opposed the Common Core from the outset.”

Rick Santorum: B

“Notably, long before it was fashionable to do so, Santorum
publicly acknowledged that the Common Core is an attempt to
nationalize the curriculum…”

 

Carson: B-

Trump: B-

Fiorina: C-

Huckabee: C

Rubio: C

Christie: D+

Bush: F

 

 

 

 

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