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Common Core support declining



Public support for Common Core, the education standards supported heavily by Jeb Bush, has suffered as more people learn about it, according to a new poll.

While 80 percent of Americans have heard about Common Core, 60 percent oppose requiring teachers to use the standards to guide instruction, states the survey by PDK/Gallup. Opposition among Republicans was at 76 percent. Among Democrats, it was 38 percent, and independents 60 percent.

“For the 33% of Americans who favor the Common Core, the most important reason is because it will help more students learn what they need to know regardless of where they go to school,” a polling memo reads. “For the 60% of Americans who oppose using the Common Core, their most important reason is that it will limit the flexibility that teachers have to teach what they think is best.”

Other polls have shown declining support for the standards used by dozens of states. Florida adopted the standards but, under fire, made some tweaks and scrubbed the controvesial name. They are now called the Florida Standards.

The new poll includes comments from the public, including Abby Scott Goff, a mother of two from St. Augustine.

"Teachers are very frustrated with how they have to teach," she said. "One teacher who’s been teaching for 18 years told me she feels like she isn’t able to teach the way she was taught to teach and the way she believes she should teach. I think the Common Core limits what teachers can teach and how they can teach to an individual child."

Bush and his education foundation have helped promote Common Core but the former governor has also come under attack from the right (there’s some opposition on the left too) and it would be something he has to deal with if he decides to run for president.

Bush has remained consistent while others have wavered, none more vividly than Gov. Bobby Jindal. He went from a supporter to an arch opponent. A court yesterday, however, blocked Jindal’s attempt to repeal Common Core in Louisiana.

The poll results are based on a survey of 1,001 people age 18 and older and was conducted May 29 to June 20.

[Last modified: Wednesday, August 20, 2014 5:11pm]


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