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Conservative activists attack Common Core



FreedomWorks is gathering activists in Orlando tomorrow for "grassroots action training" on how to fight Common Core, the national education standards advocated by Jeb Bush and others.

In a news release, FreedomWorks calls it a "federal education takeover," reflecting a growing sentiment among conservatives. The standards, which have the support of President Obama, seek to "provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them.".

From a recent Washington Post story: "The (tea party) movement has a renewed sense of purpose and energy following revelations that many of its groups were improperly targeted by the Internal Revenue Service, and members consider dismantling what some deride as “Obamacore” their newest cause. Unlike the health-care fight, though, organizers say the Common Core battle is winnable and could be a potential watershed moment."

Bush and his education foundation have pushed the standards and begun urging policymakers to defend them. A tweet this week about the FreedomWorks meeting in Orlando, which will also include a protest, brought a quick response from Bush spokeswoman Jaryn Emhof. "@JebBush would be the 1st to oppose federal takeover of education. That's not what #CommonCore is," she wrote, including a link to a rebuttal of claims made against the program.

[Last modified: Friday, June 28, 2013 4:34pm]


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