Controversy is dogging the rollout of the rigorous new national Common Core education standards in many of the 45 states that first embraced the bipartisan proposal. Critics demanding change claim the standards are a federal intrusion, an attack on local control or just too expensive.
In Pennsylvania, passionate protests prompted the state to replace the Common Core with a hybrid that includes much of the state’s current and less demanding standards. In Indiana, critics succeeded in cutting off funding for implementation of the Common Core. Michigan legislators took similar action before reversing themselves in late September. Variations of these fights have broken out in many other states, notably Alabama, Georgia, Kansas, Missouri, Ohio, Oklahoma, and South Dakota.