Republicans have retaken control of Congress on a promise to reverse President Barack Obama's failed policies. They should start by honing in on an initiative now synonymous with federal overreach and creeping nationalization of local education matters: the new Common Core
standards, which give parents everywhere nightmares about their kids' trendy, incomprehensible math homework assignments.…
Unfortunately, the Obama administration liked the idea [of the Common Core] so much that it began awarding significant perks to Core-aligned states. Signing on to Common Core meant a waiver from onerous federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) requirements and a chance at Race to the Top grant money.
After being offered what were essentially lucrative
, some 45 states signed onto Common Core between 2010 and 2012.