According to the left leaning Brookings Institute, Common Core is turning into a serious problem Democrats will have to deal with during this coming election cycle.
The socialist’s dream program has ignited a growing backlash from furious parents who don’t want their children exposed to Common Core because it is inefficient at best and inappropriately loaded with sexual content at worst. Given that Common Core has been adopted in forty five states, it will be difficult for most of those who have supported it to dodge responsibility for the mess they have created.
Sizing the situation up, a Brookings spokesman has commented, “Those populist candidates are running against the Common Core, and they are going to say Washington is interfering with children’s schooling …”
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Speaking in agreement, a right leaning expert said, “Common Core opposition is so completely grassroots, and support is so astroturf it is already becoming a primary and general election issue in everything from local school board races to gubernatorial and U.S. Senate races..” The issue is “huge among mothers,” she added.
Since it will be difficult for Democrats to separate themselves from the teachers’ unions across the country that are the main proponents of the program, they will get the brunt of the coming backlash. Republicans need only say they have always opposed Common Core, or they now oppose it after seeing what it actually includes. Their Democrat opponents will be forced into either agreeing to tear it down and breaking with teachers’ unions, or continuing to support another program voters have come to hate.
In states from South Carolina to Arkansas to New York, opponents of Common Core are pressing opponents in primaries for their position on Common Core. In New York, the announced Republican candidate for governor has already started referring to the educational disaster as “Cuomo’s Common Core.”
Note to GOPe: If you can’t bring yourselves to publicly oppose illegal immigration and fight for the repeal of Obamacare, maybe attacking Common Core will suit your delicate sensibilities.
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