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Common Core State Standards (CCSS)

If It Looks Like a Duck and Quacks Like a Duck ... Who Cares What It's Called?

Justin Cohen, an education writer currently working on his first book, highlights the political silliness around what to call K-12 school standards. As Republicans run from the now toxic 'Common Core' brand,  he points out that states who claim to have "eliminated" Common Core have actually not done much more than change the name. Additionally, Cohen questions the wisdom of states burdening taxpayers to make a politically expedient change that really isn't a change at all.
As other states look to make a political point of abandoning standards - like the voters in Massachusetts will opine on this fall - it's worth considering the actual cost to taxpayers of going through the kabuki theater entailed in replacing six of one with a half a dozen of another.  

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