Common Core State Standards Initiative: Too Close to a National Curriculum

This is also encouraged by the federal government’s Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge, a program which causes grave concerns to HSLDA.

Due to laws prohibiting the creation of national tests, curriculum, and teacher certification, governors and state legislatures are the only policy makers who can actually decide whether or not to adopt the CCSS. While the federal government has encouraged the states to adopt the CCSS through federal incentives, the states are completely free to reject the CCSS.

Further Action

  • To find out whether your state has adopted the Common Core State Standards, you can visit http://www.corestandards.org/in-the-states. (Please note that this is the website for the common core state standards initiative.)
  • Contact your state legislators, including the governor, to discuss this issue with them. Ask them about their position on the issue.
  • If you have a governor’s election coming up in your state, we encourage you to raise this issue with the candidates. Even if a state has already adopted the national education standards, a new governor will be faced with the costs of implementing these new standards and new accountability to the federal government.
  • Numerous states that have already adopted the CCSS are considering rejecting the CCSS. Now is the time to help raise awareness of this issue and educate yourself about the CCSS.
  • Because this affects all parents, and will not currently affect home school freedom, it is not necessary to identify yourself as a homeschooler.

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2 comments on this post.
  1. Mark & Lynn Pitts:

    This is very bad for parents and children alike. This is a step to removing parental control and authority over this decisions concerning our children, whether they are in public school or being homeschooled. There has been a lot of this kind of legislation being passed on different levels. It appears to be geared toward government control, everything from medical to schooling and so much more.

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