Representatives Robert Aderholt, Jo Bonner and Mo Brooks recently wrote Secretary of Education Arne Duncan asking him to stop tying federal waivers and grant opportunities to the adoption of CCSI. They said in part:
“We are aware that the Common Core Standards developed by the National Governors Association in conjunction with the Chief State School Officers are meant to be just that: standards. However, the inclusion of ‘illustrative texts’ pushes these standards dangerously close to being a national curriculum. As you are aware, it is currently a violation of federal law to adopt a national curriculum.”
“We believe states should be allowed the freedom to adopt their own high quality standards, a rigorous curriculum to meet these standards, and strict assessments to evaluate students’ progress.”
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